Privatized Prison System

The steady privatization of our prison systems.

Walmart, Right-Wing Media Company Hold Star-Studded Benefit Promoting Education Reform Film

From In These Times by JOSH EIDELSON As you read this article advising CBS is about to release TV “Special” on Parent Trigger laws, please keep in mind that these laws are ALEC model bills.  Over the past 90 days most of the organizations supporting privatized education, long distance learning and accreditation of private schools and […]

The Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All

I was watching Rock Center on TV when it hit me.  The segment was about the problems that they are having in the farming sector in Alabama.  Now that illegal immigrants have fled, there is nobody to work the fields and do this back-breaking work, a fields are rotting away.  Reporter Kate Snow spent time […]

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 […]

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 […]

More Evidence Private Prisons Don’t Work

A recent report dismantles claims by private prison industry and its backers—including the extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—that private prisons are a better deal than publicly run facilities. “Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Justice in the U.S.,” from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), demonstrates that many common claims […]

U.K. – Plan for cheap prison work ‘may cost thousands of jobs’

It’s deja vu all over again… “If prisoners are employed in prison then they need to be paid minimum wages. Prisoners’ families are the silent victims in all of this – when someone goes to prison their whole family goes with them. But wages are only part of the problem. The real issue is that […]

VLTP Press release for Charlotte May 11 & 12 Anti-ALEC Protest and Teach-In

  Press Release – Save Our States (S.O.S.) Conference and Protest – “They’re sneaking into Charlotte, meeting in secret to write new laws benefiting their corporate handlers…wanting us to remain unaware and silent.” The Voters Legislative Transparency Project (VLTP), a national non-profit bipartisan organization and Occupy Charlotte announce a two-day schedule of events to protest […]

Walmart & ALEC – Exploiting Prison Labor: Beyond Bribes to Foreign Officials & Endorsing Anti-Consumer Laws

We’ve been hearing a lot about Walmart and their activities involving worker wages in pursuit of controlling the retail markets in this country and about their membership in ALEC.  We’ve also learned that they and ALEC have also been involved in trying to weaken federal laws prohibiting acts of bribery of foreign officials while they […]

Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Based on “The Hidden History of ALEC & Prison Labor.” By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan (The Nation, August 1, 2011) which you can read here. “Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. […]