Marsha Mercer, Stateline

Marsha Mercer, Stateline

Marsha Mercer is an independent journalist and former Washington bureau chief who writes mainly on national affairs, policy issues and politics.

Advocates seek to make prison work voluntary

By: - September 8, 2022

Prisoners making license plates is a popular stereotype, but most of the nation’s 800,000 incarcerated workers hold jobs more similar to those on the outside: They cook and serve food, mop floors, mow lawns and cut hair. Unlike other workers, though, the incarcerated have little say, if any, in what jobs they do. They face […]