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February 22, 2019 Top Stories with Mark Jackson & America Uncovered with Chris Chappell

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Today’s Top Stories:

  1. Ex-FBI Lawyer Believed HRC Should Be Charged (0:20)
  2. DOJ Preparing for Mueller Report  (1:15)
  3. Smollett Arrested in Chicago (1:47)
  4. Islamic Militants Handed Over to Iraq  (3:14)
  5. Fire Kills 81 in Bangladesh  (3:55)
Today’s quote is from Mr. Rogers: (4:18)
“Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.”

Prison Labor: Modern SLAVERY? (4:55)

Is slavery alive and well in the United States prison system? Inmates today are forced to work, often for just pennies an hour.

The images of mostly Black inmates working on former plantations-turned-prisons like Angola in Louisiana conjure up some pretty unpleasant images of racism and slavery in the South. But some argue that prison labor plays an important role in rehabilitation.

Do prisons exist to punish or to rehabilitate? Depending on your answer, that may affect how you view prison labor, and more broadly, prisoners’ rights.

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