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Mon Apr 20, 2015, 07:26 PM

 

Prison Labor is Industry’s “Best Kept Secret in Outsourcing” and What Has Killed Your Job

Prison Labor is Industry’s “Best Kept Secret in Outsourcing” and What Has Killed Your Job
April 20, 2015 * by Mac Slavo * DC Clothesline

There’s “free trade.” There’s “fair trade.” And then there’s what’s really happening. The realities of globalization have made the price of labor somewhere between rock bottom and worthless.

Since the days of NAFTA, the WTO and a flood of cheap Chinese goods, major corporations – American-based and all the rest — have offshored production, taking advantage of virtual slave labor and the only edge that this kind of competition brings.



But now, American companies are taking advantage of something better than low-wage offshore labor – straight forward prison labor may be the best of both worlds for mega-corporations.

Don’t think they think they see it that way?
Now they are proud of it. Just see this promotional video: https://
They boast the ‘advantages of domestic contact centers at offshore prices.” It just isn’t fashionable to call it slave labor anymore.

Bad news for the honest, law abiding worker.

Of course, the inmates aren’t getting rich. They work for pennies which gradually go towards heavy fines and fees levied on inmates inside the private prison system that must be re-payed, along with the time they are doing.

This treasure trove of privatized slavery is managed by UNICOR, a government corporation managed under the Federal Prison Industries, who are officially “dedicated to employing inmates across the U.S. and providing them the job skills needed to succeed in life.”

Link to whole article: http://www.dcclothesline.com/2015/04/20/prison-labor-is-industrys-best-kept-secret-in-outsourcing-and-what-has-killed-your-job/#more-47642

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Reply Prison Labor is Industry’s “Best Kept Secret in Outsourcing” and What Has Killed Your Job (Original post)
99th_Monkey Apr 2015 OP
CrispyQ Apr 2015 #1
pscot Apr 2015 #2
CrispyQ Apr 2015 #3
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Apr 2015 #27
Faryn Balyncd Apr 2015 #4
Fred Sanders Apr 2015 #5
justhanginon Apr 2015 #6
99th_Monkey Apr 2015 #7
yourout Apr 2015 #9
justhanginon Apr 2015 #11
yourout Apr 2015 #15
jwirr Apr 2015 #20
Overseas Apr 2015 #8
JEB Apr 2015 #10
dreamnightwind Apr 2015 #12
Art_from_Ark Apr 2015 #13
Pooka Fey Apr 2015 #14
gollygee Apr 2015 #16
99th_Monkey Apr 2015 #18
gollygee Apr 2015 #19
99th_Monkey Apr 2015 #21
JonLP24 Apr 2015 #17
hedda_foil Apr 2015 #22
raouldukelives Apr 2015 #23
Trillo Apr 2015 #24
WillyT Apr 2015 #25
marlakay Apr 2015 #26
blackspade Apr 2015 #28

Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 07:36 PM

1. Great. Another reason to lock up citizens.

If they lock us all up to work for free, who will buy their goods? They are killing the Golden Goose with their one-quarter-ahead thinking. The everything-for-profit modes is going to kill everything. Greed is the worst of the 7 sins.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 07:41 PM

2. Going to jail as a career move

Did this used to be a great country or what?

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Response to pscot (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 07:50 PM

3. One article I read a few years ago

said that one state allowed prisoners to work for free to take time off their sentences. And we thought competing against low wage Chinese workers was tough.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 01:07 PM

27. We're not the market anymore.

If you notice, there's talk out about how a 'weak dollar' is good for exports, and how we're now shipping products to 'emerging markets'.

We're the 'has been market' at this point in the cycle, spinning down towards third world status.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 08:02 PM

4. This is a huge problem. Thanks for posting.









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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 08:20 PM

5. But what about ISIS? I is scared of ISIS!! There is no time to mention domestic slavery and terrorism.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 08:29 PM

6. What a sad place this country has become. Through unbridled

greed and the constant quest for ever more corporate profits we are losing any semblance of being a responsible and caring nation for all of it's citizens. It is the working class, not just prisoners working for virtually nothing, that have become nothing but chattel for the overlords in corporate boardrooms. They hire sleazy law firms that allow them to flout the law with no real consequences, they falsify their bookkeeping and when caught get a fine which is then tax deductible and pass the rest on to the public through higher prices.
It is my fervent hope that at some point this is going to explode in their faces and the Jamie Dimons and Blankfeins et al are going to pay a physical price for their criminal behaviors and not just monetary punishment.

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Response to justhanginon (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 09:15 PM

7. +100 Agreed, sadly. nt

 

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Response to yourout (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:31 PM

11. Very interesting. That is new to me. Thank you for the link.

I haven't gone thru all of them yet but so far it is very depressing.
Certainly not the way I would choose to live my life with regard to my fellow man.

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Response to justhanginon (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 07:57 AM

15. Ferengi are ficticious characters from Star Trek but they sure seem alot like.....

the 1%ers.

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Response to justhanginon (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:18 PM

20. There is a reason that one of the first things that happen in a revolution is the opening of the

prison doors.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 09:48 PM

8. Sad K&R.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:24 PM

10. Fascism.

 

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 03:08 AM

12. Shop Unicor (please don't)

I've posted this link before, we should know what's going on, very important. These kind of things erode my hope for this nation. U.S. Department of "Justice". Many many products. Thanks for the OP.

http://www.unicor.gov/shopping/viewcat_m.asp?iStore=UNI

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 03:25 AM

13. The modern-day chain gangs

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 05:48 AM

14. No words...

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 08:24 AM

16. And they require a certain number of inmates

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/private-prison-quotas_n_3953483.html

Less than a year later, the company that runs the prison, Management & Training Corp., threatened to sue the state. A line in their contract guaranteed that the prison would remain 97 percent full. They argued they had lost nearly $10 million from the reduced inmate population.

State officials renegotiated the contract, but ended up paying $3 million for empty beds as the company continued to address problems, according to state documents and local news accounts.


Far from the exception, Arizona's contractually obligated promise to fill prison beds is a common provision in a majority of America's private prison contracts, according to a public records analysis released today by the advocacy group In the Public Interest. The group reviewed more than 60 contracts between private prison companies and state and local governments across the country, and found language mentioning quotas for prisoners in nearly two-thirds of those analyzed.

The prison bed guarantees range between minimums of 70 percent occupancy in a California prison to 100 percent occupancy requirements at some Arizona prisons. Most of the contracts had language mandating that at least 90 percent of prison beds be filled.


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I also recommend Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, and Douglas Blackmon's Slavery By Another Name

Slavery By Another Name also has an online video. http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/

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Response to gollygee (Reply #16)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 11:54 AM

18. These are the kinds of bull-shit law suits that the TPP would authorize

 

Corporations suing gov't jurisdictions because of some rule or regulation that "prevented" them profiteering at 100% of their "potential". This one is particularly odious because it involves the enslavement of citizens to do the labor.

Thank you for the link, and the info. I appreciate it.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:00 PM

19. It affects law enforcement efforts, and the application is racist

In order to keep the prison full so the state meets the contract, a certain number of people have to be arrested. If crime rates go down, oh well, a certain number of people still have to be arrested, for something - anything. Mainly people of color, often related to drugs, and it also affects the "school to prison pipeline" if you've read about that.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:39 PM

21. Yes. The pre-WW2 Nazi forced labor camps come to mind

 

Only this time, it's mostly blacks (instead of Jews) who are being targeted.

"Even before the war began, the Nazis imposed forced labor on Jewish civilians, both inside and outside concentration camps. As early as 1937, the Nazis increasingly exploited the forced labor of so-called "enemies of the state" for economic gain and to meet desperate labor shortages. By the end of that year, most Jewish males residing in Germany were required to perform forced labor for various government agencies."



http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005180

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 08:25 AM

17. Wachovia who was slapped with a $70 million fine for laundering $378 billion in cartel drug money

also donated to private prison lobbying efforts. The private prison industry often lobby congress & state legislatures for longer sentences.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:49 PM

22. And the privatized prisons charge the prisoners for "expenses"

Of course, the inmates aren’t getting rich. They work for pennies which gradually go towards heavy fines and fees levied on inmates inside the private prison system that must be re-payed, along with the time they are doing.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:50 PM

23. K&R Wonder how many out there share in a slice of that pie. nt

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:51 PM

24. It's like a prison within a prison.

A police state which lacks due process (for the poor, the masses) and pays many minimum wage (Freedum) and within that lies a more severe prison to lock up anyone that can be convicted (even with police lies and false testimony), which pays pennies per dollar, and competes with the minimum wage paying jobs in Freedum.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 12:53 PM

25. K & R !!!

 


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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 01:00 PM

26. I think if older folks knew a prisoner was taking their visa

Number from a call center to order something they would be afraid.

Considering a lot of them are conservatve maybe if they really knew it might change how they vote on crime.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 08:34 PM

28. sickening

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