Tag Archives: prison labor

WA: Prison inmates learning aerospace work

From the article: “About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program that will make them certified aerospace composite technicians. Their goal is a post-prison chance to land jobs at companies like Boeing and its suppliers.”

Prison industries – one of the best defenses against recidivism and an opportunity for an inmate to learn skills that will help him find employment post-release.  Some people equate prison industries to slave labor, but it could not be further from the truth (at least not in Ohio – I can’t speak for other states) and it remains a valuable component of true rehabilitation.  We don’t have aerospace education in our prisons, but it sounds like a neat opportunity.

Read more of the article here.

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UK: Jailed hacker allowed into IT class, hacks prison computers

Sounds like someone didn’t do their due diligence…

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Demanufacturing Wal-Mart: Profiting From Prison Labor

Despite the article’s negative spin on it, the fact that Wal-Mart utilizes inmate labor is actually one of the first good things I’ve heard about Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, it looks like it isn’t actually Wal-Mart that is utilizing inmate labor, but the salvaging company with which Wal-Mart contracts.

As a tangential rant, it really annoys me when people bash inmate labor – it is useful employment and it generally pays inmates more than the paltry sum they would make working as porters on the unit.  Prison industries are generally highly sought-after jobs by the inmate population and the companies would not utilize inmate labor if they had to pay prevailing wages – why go to the trouble?  So it is a benefit to both the inmate population and the company.  I find it no coincidence that the people who bash inmate labor generally have not worked in or around prisons, don’t know what they’re talking about, and have their own agendas to push that have nothing to do with helping inmates.

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IKEA regrets use of forced prison labor by suppliers in communist East Germany

From the article: “Swedish furniture giant IKEA expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago.  The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to IKEA between 25 and 30 years ago.”

Read more here.


Towns, Schools Lock In Big Savings With Inmate Labor

A positive article on the impact of prison labor.  Perhaps the difference, in comparison to the slew of recent articles that have criticized the federal government for giving contracts to UNICOR (BOP prison industry), is that it provides labor rather than a product.

Read the article here.

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Inmate labor flaws exposed

From the article: “State correction officials declared last month they found no “purposeful misconduct” when concluding their investigation of a prison work-release program that came under scrutiny when inmates were found working on a lawmaker’s family farm.But interviews and documents obtained by The News Journal cast doubts on the credibility of the state investigation into the Department of Correction’s Sussex County day-labor program.”

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Prison labor costing Alabama, Mississippi jobs?

This article, regarding the closure of garment factories due to the US military changing its vendor to federal prison labor, raises again the hot topic of prison labor.  The reality is that if inmates can do the job cheaper, it is a benefit to taxpayers and it is a benefit to the inmates who want to do the work.  Many groups claim that inmate labor is akin to indentured servitude, but people who actually work in and around corrections know that that is not the truth.  In today’s overcrowded prisons, inmates have two options: (1) sit on their bunks and wait out their sentence or (2) engage in meaningful programs, of which prison industries is one.  Ultimately it benefits society to train inmates in work skills and it reduces the high cost of corrections if they can make a profit while they’re doing it.

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CLP wants alcoholic offender prison farms

It is not entirely clear to me what the connection is between alcoholism and farming (…grains?), but they are considering mandatory rehabilitation farms for “chronic alcoholic offenders.”  I am no farmer, but the likelihood of this farm having any sort of a real harvest seems markedly low.


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Investigation into inmate labor program finds lax practices

“A nearly two-month investigation by the Delaware Department of Correction into an inmate day-labor program in Sussex County has found that the near lack of documentation involving offenders who went out for single-day work results from decades of lax practices and procedures that were carried forward unchanged — not because of “purposeful misconduct” by department employees.”

Read more: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120813/NEWS02/120813009/Investigation-into-inmate-labor-program-finds-lax-practices?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1

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India: Skilled inmate just paid Rs 74 for a day’s work, finds SC

“A skilled labourer has to be paid a minimum wage of Rs 285 for a day’s work. But, if s/he is convicted for an offence and renders the same work inside the jail as a convict, s/he would get only Rs 74.

The Supreme Court stumbled upon this wage disparity while deciding an appeal by a woman convict who complained that she had not been paid by the Tihar Jail authorities for the work she rendered at the prison dispensary for more than three years.”

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Skilled-inmate-just-paid-Rs-74-for-a-days-work-finds-SC/articleshow/15454805.cms

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