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Exeter
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10/11/2013 04:24 PM
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I Asked a prison guard, why it is, that products made by prison inmates cannot be sold in the commercial market, private sector.

This is the Answer I got.

The reason why the products made by prison inmates cannot be sold in the commercial private sector, is because for one thing, it would be a form of slavery, and exploitation because they are captive workers, another reason is because it would crush the market, because the private sector cannot compete with prison labor at between 23 cents an hour to a dollar an hour, also, there is no way to verify or guarantee the quality of prison labor.

They're also not in prison, because they're nice people.
We cannot guarantee that the prison inmate will not sabotage the product.

Also, the profit margin would be sky high, worse than the profit margin for the cheap plastic crap made in china, and we're trying to get china out of our market, though the politicians don't care.

And finally, the nature of the things that prison inmates make.
They make state issued license plates and things like it, we can't have people buying state issued license plates and bypassing the traffic laws.



(to tell you the truth, I agree with her)
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10/11/2013 04:45 PM
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Some of the US prison made goods are actually exported to China. Odd, eh?

Here's one prison made product sold to consumers:
[link to www.prisonblues.net]
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10/11/2013 04:52 PM
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[link to www.hiphopisread.com]
AdonvdoWaya

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12/20/2013 07:14 PM
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There are many prisons that do hire inmates for manual labor in which the product is sold to the public. Well, i suppose it is actually the case were private industries contract with certain facilities to case their businesses inside the prison compound to hire said inmates at a minimum wage. products include most of the popular name brand clothing one may buy that have any logo (done by stitching or screenprinting), license plates and city signs, wood products i.e. the cabinets for kitchens and other wood products. More and more is being made by inmates than the public is aware of. You should see these inmates fat savings accounts, though they are saving. there are many pros and cons to the topic.

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12/21/2013 11:43 AM
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I do't have a problem with building thousands of private prisons and locking up the subhuman nig by the millions! They deserve what happens to them. Lock of millions of nig.s and crime will go down a lo!
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12/21/2013 12:15 PM

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Re: Prison Labor
I Asked a prison guard, why it is, that products made by prison inmates cannot be sold in the commercial market, private sector.

This is the Answer I got.

The reason why the products made by prison inmates cannot be sold in the commercial private sector, is because for one thing, it would be a form of slavery, and exploitation because they are captive workers, another reason is because it would crush the market, because the private sector cannot compete with prison labor at between 23 cents an hour to a dollar an hour, also, there is no way to verify or guarantee the quality of prison labor.

They're also not in prison, because they're nice people.
We cannot guarantee that the prison inmate will not sabotage the product.

Also, the profit margin would be sky high, worse than the profit margin for the cheap plastic crap made in china, and we're trying to get china out of our market, though the politicians don't care.

And finally, the nature of the things that prison inmates make.
They make state issued license plates and things like it, we can't have people buying state issued license plates and bypassing the traffic laws.



(to tell you the truth, I agree with her)
 Quoting: Exeter 48220088


I don't know about now, but back in the 90's, Texas had one of the only self sufficient prison systems in the world.

They pretty much make everything that a prisoner needs, from cloths to mattresses. They have farms that grow and can all of the produce and meats needed with excess to sell.
They also make street and highway signs not only for TX, but for other states as well. Same thing with license plates.
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12/21/2013 12:42 PM
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The Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge has a wood shop where cabinets, desks, and other hand made wood materials are made to order for local companies and private homes. In Arizona the things that inmates make on their own time, arts, crafts and what not can be sold in a little shop close to the prison where the items are open to be sold to the public and the proceeds go to the inmate who made the items.
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The Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge has a wood shop where cabinets, desks, and other hand made wood materials are made to order for local companies and private homes. In Arizona the things that inmates make on their own time, arts, crafts and what not can be sold in a little shop close to the prison where the items are open to be sold to the public and the proceeds go to the inmate who made the items.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32516371


Also the same in TX.
"Every new child born brings the message that God is not yet discouraged of man." - Tagore
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If you must resort to violence, then you've already lost.



John Conner - Rising Sun
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Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Psst....I love charcoal.
.
.
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FYI, I'm not Canadian.

I am a born, raised and current die hard Texan!

tgmtxcon