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CAAIR not care; the use of indentured labour in the modern American criminal justice system.

A contribution to the issues highlighted for Anti-Slavery Day, this a piece on the increasing presence of the use of indentured labour within the American criminal justice system. Across the United States, judges are increasingly sending defendants to rehabilitation centres instead of prison or jail. These diversion courts have become the poster child for criminal justice reform, with stated aims of transforming lives and easing overcrowded prisons. In a developed country that has the highest prison population in the world, 724 people per 100,000 (BBC News – World Prison Populations 18/10/17) this is a laudable aim, but in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defe