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A Dark Secret Buried in Money

The history of convict leasing and its disturbing connection to modern prison labor

Lauren
10 min readJul 11, 2022

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Covid was many things to many people. Loss, isolation, uncertainty, grief, stress. But for me, it was a chance to unearth the murky history of convict leasing — a system where prisons lent inmates to private companies for profit. In this article, I want to share with you the…

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Lauren

Public historian • Writer • Passion for telling contested histories • she/her