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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nearly 1 Million Prisoners Working for Fortune 500 Companies For Slave Wages

I think I just figured out the Republican and Democrat economic plan - criminalize every possible human behavior, build a ton of private prisons and America will finally have low to zero unemployment when everybody is housed in a gulag prison camp and working.  Of course, I totally support decriminalizing all victimless crimes; I also support teaching job skills to unskilled prisoners but somehow I don't believe that these Fortune 500 companies would even hire ex-cons.
Private corporations lobby to purchase state run jail systems from the state wherein they would be paid $$$ by the state every time there was a person that needed to be imprisoned. These private corporations donate large sums of money to various politicians and judges. The politicians pass a law effectively selling these state resources to private corporations wherein taxpayers would pay these corporations any time they need to incarcerate a citizen. Owning these jail systems – private corporations pay and donate to sympathetic judges helping to increase the rate of incarceration and now there is a financial incentive to keep prisons full. These private corporations make more money directly from the state and taxpayers pay more money out of pocket because private corporations cost more. Now these private prison corporations SELL slave labor to Fortune 500 companies where these prisoners make $1.00 a day and these private prison corporations make even more money off the backs of their legally captive slave labor. Well…that’s what’s happening, and it should scare the shit out of you.....These companies can, in most states, lease factories in prisons or prisoners to work on the outside. All told, nearly a million prisoners are now making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles, shoes, and clothing, while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day.
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Class Warfare Exists 

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