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    Default Prison Labor Booms As Unemployment Remains High; Companies Reap Benefits

    Just another way to avoid hiring people and paying them a decent wage.

    The American government has been critical of China's forced-labor policies, but the United States has a burgeoning prison labor pool of its own.

    Russia Today filed a report on Sunday that said hundreds of companies nationwide now benefit from the low, and sometimes no-wage labor of America's prisoners.

    Prison labor is being harvested on a massive scale, according to professors Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman.

    "All told, nearly a million prisoners are now making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles, shoes, and clothing, while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day," the professors write.
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    Great story , it does not surprise me at all , corporations will do anything to save money , I guess they took the idea from all these countries that have been doing it for years like China and Russia and others .

    I wonder if this is what the R.T.W. Groups consider job growth in R.T.W. States .
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    I have mixed feeling on the issue of prison labor. In this case I would hate to see 100 people lose their jobs


    Unicor Under Fire For Dominating Small Competitors With Cheap Prison Labor

    Imagine competing with an American company that pays its workers less than $1 an hour.

    That’s a reality Michael Mansh, president of a small apparel factory in Olive Hill, Ky., faces every day, according to CNNMoney. In February, Mansh reportedly learned that his 100-person factory, Ashland Sales and Service, risked losing a contract to make windbreakers for the U.S. Air Force. The main competitor was Unicor, a government-run enterprise that employs 13,000 inmates at wages as low as 23 cents an hour.

    For decades, small U.S. factories have battled for business with government-run operations that outsource labor to Americans behind bars. And the tension is only growing as job creation and the role of government take center stage in Washington.

    In the case of Ashland, Olive Hill’s largest employer, losing the Air Force contract would have forced the clothing maker to shut down, Mansh told CNNMoney. "That's 100 people buying groceries. We use trucking companies in the town, buy parts and light bulbs there every day," he said in an interview with the news outlet. "That's all lost when prisons take away contracts."

    Lawmakers stepped in and told Unicor to back off and cede the Air Force contract. The corporation obliged, but not without regret; for Unicor, that contract would have created hundreds of jobs for its workers, advancing its mission to “provide job skills training to the greatest practicable number of inmates confined within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”

    But over all I feel that inmates convicted of non violent crimes should have to work for their supper. The inmates are learning a trade that may keep them from returning to prison. And since UNICOR only sells to the federal government it is also helping to save taxpayer dollars.

    Federal Prison Industries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Federal Prison Industries, also known as UNICOR and FPI, is a wholly owned United States government corporation created in 1934 that uses penal labor from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to produce goods and services. FPI is restricted to selling its products and services to federal government agencies and has no access to the commercial market

    While in the program, inmates are given vocational training. By equipping inmates with a strong skill set in a vocation, UNICOR aims to reduce recidivism and give former inmates the means to support themselves in post-institutional life

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    Default Re: Prison Labor Booms As Unemployment Remains High; Companies Reap Benefits

    License plates should be the only thing they are making...inmates that is...

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    Default Re: Prison Labor Booms As Unemployment Remains High; Companies Reap Benefits

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    I have mixed feeling on the issue of prison labor. In this case I would hate to see 100 people lose their jobs


    Unicor Under Fire For Dominating Small Competitors With Cheap Prison Labor




    But over all I feel that inmates convicted of non violent crimes should have to work for their supper. The inmates are learning a trade that may keep them from returning to prison. And since UNICOR only sells to the federal government it is also helping to save taxpayer dollars.

    Federal Prison Industries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I agree with most of what is said, but we still pay to house, feed and control those prisoners. Working should be included with their free room and board.
    But not jobs that force legitimate businesses to close.

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    License plates should be the only thing they are making...inmates that is...
    Why not ...
    Litter duty and making little stones from large boulders !

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    I agree with most of what is said, but we still pay to house, feed and control those prisoners. Working should be included with their free room and board.
    But not jobs that force legitimate businesses to close.





    Why not ...
    Litter duty and making little stones from large boulders !
    I agree with you that they should work. I think life has already been made to easy for them in the slammer these days. But it should be work that does not take jobs away from good tax paying citizens. Heck, I would buy the gravel from them if they sell it at a discount

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    Default Re: Prison Labor Booms As Unemployment Remains High; Companies Reap Benefits

    Since the BRAC closing of Ft. Dix as a basic training facility they have made part of it a federal prison. I have made many deliveries to UNICOR and got to know some of the inmates. They were happy to be able past the years working for a few cents an hour.

    Under US laws and regulations, federal agencies, with the exception of the Department of Defense, are required to purchase products (but not services) offered by UNICOR, unless authorized by UNICOR to solicit bids from the private sector. This "mandatory source clause" has drawn controversy over the years, with allegations that UNICOR is unfairly competing with private businesses.[6] From 2002 to 2004, Congress and the Bush Administration made several efforts to mitigate this competitive advantage held by UNICOR over the private sector. In 2003, UNICOR's board of directors eliminated the mandatory source clause for federal purchases under US$2,500, and mandated itself to approve waivers in all cases where the private sector provides a lower cost.[6]

    Critics say Federal Prison Industries pays substandard wages, and that inmates work subject to conditions and salary the company itself decides.[8] Under current law, all physically able inmates who are not a security risk or have a health exception are required to work, either for UNICOR or at some other prison job.[6][9] Inmates earn from US$0.23 per hour up to a maximum of US$1.15 per hour, and all inmates with court-ordered financial obligations must use at least 50% of this UNICOR income to satisfy those debts.[6]
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