Prison Industry

Turns out THIS is who’s eating your tax dollars – VIDEO

Turns out THIS is who’s eating your tax dollars Published on Aug 30, 2012 by bravenewfoundation Our prison system is a beast, gobbling resources that should be going to communities. watch this video by clicking here to find out why. Then get involved at http://beyondbars.org. This video was done in partnership with the ACLU, Equal Justice Initiative, […]

If Republicans hate government so much, why do they so desperately want to run (and own) ours?

Author’s note: Next week the Republicans will have their Presidential Convention, and if you listen to the Republican Politicians and the pundits, you can expect to hear a lot of talk about “Small Government”, “Limited Government”, “Low Taxes”, “Deficit Reduction” and the like. This is the first of a series that is intended to examine […]

Mississippi County accused of running ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused officials in Lauderdale County, Mississippi of running ‘a school-to-prison’ pipeline that jails juveniles for even minor school disciplinary problems. A letter sent by the civil rights division on Friday charges that the Lauderdale County Youth Court, the Meridian Police Department, and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services have […]

Library Dumps Prison Labor After Inmates Walks Away

A Western Kentucky public library is dropping its use of a community service program after an inmate walked away and has yet to be found. The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library cited the escape among several factors in its decision to drop the program used by the Hopkins County Jail. Board member Gwendal “Fay” McCaskill told […]

How US prison labour pads corporate profits at taxpayers’ expense

Thanks to right-wing lobbying, companies can use a loophole to exploit a scheme designed to give offenders work experience In 1979, Congress created the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (known as PIE; pdf) to establish employment opportunities for inmates “that approximate private sector work opportunities”. On the surface, the program is a great idea. It […]

Making the Most From Prison Labor

Many prisoners work within prisons producing goods and services to maintain correctional facilities, reducing the costs to taxpayers of maintaining prisoners and gaining some work skills. A much smaller number work in traditional correctional industry activities, such as for the Federal Prisons.  The ABA Subcommittee on Correctional Industries estimated that total employment of prisoners in […]

ACLU: U.S. is paying dearly for elderly inmates

On Wednesday, the ACLU released “At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly,” a report examining the mushrooming number of prisoners in the U.S. over 50 and the resultant stresses exerted on the corrections system and on our society as a whole. The civil rights group said that states on average could save $66,000 […]

To those who ask “Where Have Our Jobs Gone?” This Video Provides the Answer – Prisoners

For years I have worked to answer the question of how private companies gained access to a labor force comprised of state and federal prisoners.  I found the answer and it leads directly to the US Department of Justice.  Under their authority a federal program known as the Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program (commonly called […]