Finbar McGarry didn’t commit a crime. But being under suspicion landed him in jail at Chittenden Correctional Facility in Vermont. Even though he was not convicted of anything, he was told he could either work in the laundry for a pathetic $0.25/hour wage or go into solitary.
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After six weeks, the charges were dropped against McGarry. Now, he’s suing the prison system for forcing him to work 14-hour days or be locked away alone — effectively enslaving him.
The justice system is supposed to assume innocence until proven guilty. You can’t make innocent men do hard labor for a paltry $0.25/hour. With lots of people locked away awaiting trial, many only because they — or their families — cannot afford bail, we need to reform the system so no one goes through McGarry’s experience again.