Slavery Alive and Well in the USA…….Military Hardware built by Prison Labor

New Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. Now a new exposé reveals ALEC has paved the way for states and corporations to replace unionized workers with prison labor. We speak with Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine. He says ALEC and private prison companies “put a mass amount of people in jail, and then they created a situation where they could exploit that.” Elk notes that in 2005 more than 14 million pounds of beef infected with rat feces processed by inmates were not recalled, in order to avoid drawing attention to how many products are made by prison labor. [includes rush transcript]

Visited UNICOR’s website and saw this quote about their call center ( “With more and more call center work being outsourced, UNICOR can provide call center support at a highly competitive rate, and do it right here in the USA. Imagine… All the benefits of domestic outsourcing at offshore prices. It’s the best kept secret in outsourcing!”

“Offshore prices.” Slaves (prisoners) in the US are cheaper than Indians and Filipinos apparently.


Filed under prison, civil rights, food, ALEC


Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine.
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