Privatized Prison System

The steady privatization of our prison systems.

Las Vegas: Prison Labor Used to Beat the Odds

Part one of a three part Expose on Prison Labor in Nevada and Beyond By Bob Sloan – Prison Industry Consultant Thousands of tourists, businessmen, CEO’s and executives from all over the world mix with citizens of Nevada in the luxury and splendor of Las Vegas’ many hotels and casinos.  Most come to this beautiful […]

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. […]

Michigan Right to Work Law Was the Brainchild of ALEC, The Most Dangerous Group in Politics

From article written by Bob Sloan and published on Policy Mic… Fact: 282 bills were passed in Michigan during the lame duck session. 42% of all the bills passed in the last two years were in this last lame duck session, with 180 votes taken on the last day of the 2012 session alone. Fact: In the session […]

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 […]

Walking the Walk – Engaging the Community

On Saturday, 11/3, a new grass roots organization had an impact in the city of Charlotte (NC) by running an event in uptown Charlotte, on a busy corner next to an early voting station.  The overall message of the event was to inform the public about just who their politicians are working for.  Naturally this […]

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 […]