inmate labor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who is ALEC?

This is a good overall story about ALEC for those looking for a good overview.  It is from the CBS Evening News with Roger Pelley.  Hope you saw it on TV, but if not, here it is. This is one of the better :summary” stores that I have seen on the MSM.  I hope that […]

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 […]

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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 […]

ALEC’s Spring Agenda: What You Need to Know

Mark your calendars, people, because ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council is having their spring pow-wow in Charlotte, NC on May 11th, and their agenda is simply brimming with ideas meant to undermine American democracy. To read more about the upcoming events and the horrible legislation that ALEC has planned, please click here

4 senators leave council, citing ‘extreme’ agenda

LINCOLN — Four Nebraska lawmakers have withdrawn from a national organization of legislators, saying the American Legislative Exchange Council has become extreme in its politics and strayed from its origins of promoting business-friendly policies. For all of the details, please click here.