Federal prisoners working for Uncle Sam

POSTED: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:36am

UPDATED: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:42pm

Concerns their products are hurting private sector

More than 13-thousand federal prisoners, nationwide, work in some sort of prison factory. They produce military uniforms, office furniture, electrical parts.

Our government has these prisoner factories competing directly with privately owned business at a fraction of the cost.

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It is fair...and balanced. Private enterprise businesses can hire illegal workers or outsource for cheap labor, so why can't Uncle Sam use their own "cheap" labor source? Why can't Big Government partake of "capitalism" like any other business? Sounds like complaining privately owned businesses that feed off the government are looking for even MORE welfare - corporate style.

The cost of competition is not the only consideration. Do those involved in this program have less recidivism or are they easier to handle.??? they may be learning a skill that can KEEP them from reoffending.
I would have to see these stats before I could answer this question.
Granted they 'earn' a few cents, does that make them less combative or???

Privatization = Corruption.

It saves tax dollars. Like here in our Texas prisons, in the 80's & 90's it cost the texas tax payers less than $8.00 per day per prisoner because they produced everything that was needed to run the prison system. Now everything is contracted out to private companies and the cost to tax payers is $47.80 per day per prisoner. You see Government does it better & cheaper than the private sector. If you want your taxes to go up privatize a government service & get less quality.

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