An El Paso County Jail inmate—who was paid $2 per hour—loads bodies into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer outside the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office in Texas during the Covid-19 pandemic on November 17, 2020. 
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A report published Thursday by United Nations human rights experts condemns systemic racism in the U.S. criminal justice system and policing, while describing “appalling” prison conditions and decrying forced unpaid convict labor as a “contemporary form of slavery.”

The U.N. International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in the Context of Law Enforcement report follows a visit to the U.S. earlier this year by a team of human rights experts. The U.N. officials collected testimonies from 133 affected people, visited five prisons and jails, and held meetings with advocacy groups and numerous government and police officials in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

“In all the cities we went to, we heard dozens of heartbreaking testimonies on how victims do not get justice or redress. This is not […]

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