Inmates' labor will help fight the spread of the coronavirus, and yet they are paid less than a dollar per hour for their work.
With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, items such as face masks and hand sanitizers are in high demand and have been out of stock in many stores. Hand sanitizer has also seen an increase in price due to this demand. In response, New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state will be producing its own hand sanitizer to be distributed to communities affected by the virus, noting that production of the hand sanitizer will only cost $6 per gallon. This low production cost, however, is not necessarily a positive nor should it be a point of pride: the primary reason why the hand sanitizer is so cheap to produce is that the state is using prison labor.