privatized prison system

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 […]

Second ALEC-Approved Law Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

In a little-noticed ruling amidst clamor over the healthcare decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote, holding it was preempted by the National Voting Registration Act (NVRA). The law was adopted as a “model” bill by the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] in […]

Why privatize education?

Something is wrong with conservatives’ free market argument for privatization of Utah’s public schools as promoted by several Republican legislators and their ally, the corporate lobbyist American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. …ALEC’s devious ways do not compute to this business owner. ALEC is bamboozling Utah state legislators into thinking school privatization is the right […]

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 […]

BE THERE July 25-28, 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah

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 […]