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.)

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  • big poppa

    watch out china, here we come

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      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

  • TennesseeCyberian

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

  • Calypso_1

    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!

  • DeepCough

    Land of the Free*

    *Brought to you by slave labor camps.

  • Nunzio X

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

  • 6Blackie6

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

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    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

  • ThirdSection

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Farley/100000457292313 Mark Farley

    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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