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Federal prisons official used prison labor to work on church

(The Appeal) A high-ranking Federal Bureau of Prisons official used incarcerated people from a Texas prison to provide labor for his church to finish a landscaping project it couldn’t afford. On two occasions last year, six men incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Seagoville worked on the church for meager wages in what some say is a clear-cut case of prison labor exploitation.

Two Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employees speaking the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media told The Appeal about the arrangement between John Caraway, who is the BOP’s South Central regional director, and the Life Church in Midlothian, Texas, which is about 35 miles from the Seagoville prison.