The California Department Of Corrections Wishes You A Happy Independence Day

What does freedom mean to you? In a much talked about Facebook post, the California Department of Corrections rang in the 4th of July with the below caption and image of a prisoner sewing American flags at ten cents an hour, which they saw as a cheery and appropriate way to commemorate a day celebrating the values of America:

Happy Independence Day from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation! (Photo: A female inmate works on an American flag while working in the Prison Industries Authority Fabrics program at the Central California Women’s Facility.)

10 Comments on "The California Department Of Corrections Wishes You A Happy Independence Day"

  1. big poppa | Jul 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

    watch out china, here we come

    • years ago
      the US surpassed China in the number of prisoners
      the number of slave labor prisoners
      and the number of minorities imprisoned
      surpassing China both in numbers & per capita
      USA, weird #1 weird #1

  2. TennesseeCyberian | Jul 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm |

    What’s all the fuss about?  I’m sure Betsy Ross would agree that patriotic merchandise isn’t just going to sew itself.

  3. Calypso_1 | Jul 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

    And where is that band who so vauntingly sworeThat the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,A home and a country should leave us no more!Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.No refuge could save the hireling and slaveFrom the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  4. DeepCough | Jul 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm |

    Land of the Free*

    *Brought to you by slave labor camps.

  5. Nunzio X | Jul 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

    I can’t see a goddamned American flag anymore without Bill Hicks’ excellent bit on that very subject reverberating in my head.

  6. 6Blackie6 | Jul 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm |

    Happy 4th of July from the California Department of Slave Labor! And we look forward to working with you soon!

  7. American flags manufactured by American prisoners
    can’t get any more American than that

    The Land of the Free
    has the world’s largest prison system
    the world’s largest for profit prison system
    the world’s largest number of prison slave laborers
    the most minorities imprisoned of any country in the world
    which is why they call that place
    The Land of the Free

  8. ThirdSection | Jul 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm |

    Happy Independence Day, prisoners.  Work will make you free!

  9. Quality U.S. flags are not cheap. Why can’t they get a better deal for the prisoners? How do they expect people to rehabilitate themselves with such bad examples from authority figures?

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