prison labor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gates Foundation Reveals its Dark Side After Ditching ALEC

While funding $218 million polio and measles immunization research, the foundation also invested $400 million in 69 of North America’s worst polluting companies and $423 million in companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp, and Chevron – oil firms responsible for pollution which has caused  respiratory problems in local African populations. In 2005, the foundation held […]

ALEC — Announces the End of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force – No Sighs of Relief Just Yet…

Under intense pressure from activists and organizations including VLTP and the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC begins to crack internally as the shadowy organization has been drug into the light of day – with great difficulty.  Over the past few days twelve top corporate members/sponsors fled ALEC in haste as their brands became synonymous […]

ALEC’s U.S. Congressional “Corrupt Practices” Report – What ALEC Alumni are Doing in DC

  ALEC Corrupt Practices Thought the AMerican Legislative Exchange Council was only involved in corrupting state lawmakers…passing pro-corporate laws state by state?  They are much more dangerous than that.  When their state members are elected to Congress they become “alumni” and continue to advance ALEC’s agenda right into the halls of both Houses through a […]

American Legislative Exchange Council – Federal Government and Corrupt Practices

This is a report issued by VLTP in November of 2011.  This work represents more than 2 years of deep research involving a handful of researchers who belong to VLTP’s sister group, American Legislative Transparency Project (ALTP) at the Daily Kos. This report provides an in-depth analysis of ALEC’s involvement and influences at the federal level of […]