Just the other day, BuzzFlash at Truthout posted a commentary on how some banks and employers are now gouging laborers by paying them in electronic transfer cards – or essentially what we commonly know in the form of gift cards. As we noted, this means profiteering fees are assessed in a variety of ways for workers to access their hard-earned salaries.
The Des Moines Register recently ran an article describing how a similar tactic is looting former prisoners – along with other fees assessed on those who are incarcerated that are excessive and take advantage of their imprisoned (lacking in basic rights) condition:
Perhaps Iowans don’t care about what goes on in prisons, let alone about something as seemingly trivial as the fees imposed on inmates. But any of us could have a daughter, mother or brother who is one mistake away from entering an Iowa prison. If that happens, you will care. When you scrape together a little money to send your son to buy dental floss, you will care.