Prison Industry

INSOURCING Analysis – Prison Labor Competing For Your Job

In December 2010 I wrote the following article on prison labor and those involved in removing jobs from the private/public sectors and putting them in the hands of inmates.  Now that I look back even I am sitting here shaking my head at the names, companies, legislators and laws involved in this huge profitable enterprise. […]

Turning State Legislatures into Brothels

VLTP Op Ed by Bob Sloan The Corrosive Effect of the Koch/ALEC Cabal on U.S. and World Governments In a perfect world, we as citizens in a representative democracy would elect those who best represent our views on issues critically important in our lives.  In the context of that perfect world, our elected  representatives would […]

Private prisons not saving us money – so why do we still have them?

So how much money are we saving by having private companies run state and federal prisons? None. In fact, recent investigations by the Arizona Republic, the Associated Press and prison watchdog groups, the American Friends Service Committee and The Sentencing Project, have shown private prisons are actually costing taxpayers more money than if the government ran […]

Privatizing Government Services in the Era of ALEC and the Great Recession – Section II, ALEC

note:  this is the third in a series of articles published by the University of Toledo Law Review written by Ellen Dannin PRIVATIZING GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN THE ERA OF ALEC AND THE GREAT RECESSION II.   THE AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL (ALEC) The American Legislative Exchange Council was, until recently, a little-known but very powerful […]

Privatized Prisons used for U.S. low-cost labor

This video, featuring an interview with Prison Industry Investigative Consultant, Author, and VLTP Executive Director Bob Sloan, and an NCIA video which is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUJHaELZQrc tells about how U.S. companies are using prison labor–in competition with private enterprise–to offer the lowest cost production. Back in 1979 The Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program eased restrictions […]

2012 – An Awakening Electorate and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Op-Ed by Exec. Dir. Bob Sloan As pressure has been brought to bear upon the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over the past couple of years, many of their far-right conservative initiatives were brought into the light along with that organization’s secretive memberships and vast influence. Articles began surfacing that advised voters of ALEC’s involvement in […]

DOJ Sues Mississippi over “School to Prison” Pipeline

Alleges African-American and disabled students systematically targeted, rights violated Ella Townsend of Meridian, Miss., said she worries that if her son, Lionel, 13, gets in trouble at school again, he could be sent to prison and do time with dangerous adults. (Photo: Maggie Lee / Juvenile Justice Information Exchange) The U.S. Department of Justice on […]

ANALYSIS: Georgia leaders depend on the same well for ideas

From the Rome News Tribune, by Walter C. Jones Georgia citizens are discovering that many of the laws passed in Georgia relating to prison, criminal justice and privatizing prisons and public education are taken directly from ALEC’s play book. “ALEC is the well conservative leaders in Georgia dip their bucket into when they’re looking for […]

Mr. President – You Can Stop the Transfer of Jobs From Private Sector to Prison Slave Labor

by Ex. Dir., Bob Sloan Today I read an article entitled: Fayette apparel plant to close; 119 to lose jobs Though the article opened with the foregoing headline, it didn’t immediately attract a lot of attention.  More and more we read about the loss of jobs due to the closure of small businesses all across the U.S. and […]

ALEC’s Own US Senator?

From Mother Jones by Andy Kroll… Excerpts from this important and informative article: “Before his 14-year stint as governor, before President George W. Bush tapped him to run the Department of Health and Human Services, and before his cushy gig as a wining-and-dining Washington lobbyist,Republican Tommy Thompson began carving out a reputation as powerful state legislator […]