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Old 06-29-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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why don't we do this? so many complain about jobs we shipped overseas, and we have millions of people lifting weights and playing basketball in our prisons. I guarantee you that wal mart would pay to have factories built in prisons. that way, we have american made products that are inexpensive. prisoners could learn a skill they could use on the outside. think of how low prices would be with FREE labor as opposed to cheap labor. prisoners don't like to work for free? good, then they won't want to come back. last time I checked, these people were supposed to be repaying a debt to society, not creating debt for a society.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:46 AM
 
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Good idea, but it'll never happen.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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well not with that attitude!

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Good idea, but it'll never happen.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Ireland
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Hmmm....

Or, their salary could be sent to victims to whom they owe compensation, or for child support.

Or, put it aside for them so that when they get out, they can make a fresh start without falling back on old habits....ok, a big maybe, that.

But it's much better than knowing they're just watching tv all day or dealing drugs, or worse.

I agree that the prison system needs a serious re-think. You might be onto something.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Plus, all the millions of people with little skills or education that lost their manufacturing jobs when they went to China and may have had to turn to crime to support their families would then already be trained and ready to go when they went to prison. I see where you are going here.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:40 AM
 
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Are you suggesting that we continue to take jobs from Americans and have prisoners do them so we can have China style cheap goods? Puts a new spin on the Buy American logo.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:54 AM
 
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Good idea, but it'll never happen.
It already has. Almost all the cables used by government agencies like NASA or private industries with government contracts have been supplied by a division of the government called called "Unicor". Which uses federal prison inmates as labor and pays them. They produce much more than just electronic cables. Look here:

www.unicor.gov - UNICOR - Federal Prison Industries
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:56 AM
 
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Default Entrepreneurial Souls Are Way Ahead of You

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It already has. Almost all the cables used by government agencies like NASA or private industries with government contracts have been supplied by a division of the government called called "Unicor". Which uses federal prison inmates as labor and pays them. They produce much more than just electronic cables. Look here:

www.unicor.gov - UNICOR - Federal Prison Industries
You beat me to it.
Prison labor is such a big business there's even an association: National Correctional Industries Association
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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You beat me to it.
Prison labor is such a big business there's even an association: National Correctional Industries Association
Good web page, very interesting. I bookmarked it. Thanks.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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It already has. Almost all the cables used by government agencies like NASA or private industries with government contracts have been supplied by a division of the government called called "Unicor". Which uses federal prison inmates as labor and pays them. They produce much more than just electronic cables. Look here:

www.unicor.gov - UNICOR - Federal Prison Industries
Interesting. Thanks!
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