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American Slaves Today --all legal and everything

Posted by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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I just found out about this today.

I am speechless.

Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other guided missile systems. A March article by journalist and financial researcher Justin Rohrlich of World in Review is worth a closer look at the full implications of this ominous development. (minyanville.com)

The expanding use of prison industries, which pay slave wages, as a way to increase profits for giant military corporations, is a frontal attack on the rights of all workers.

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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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I honestly didn't know the extent of it. 

I have serious issues with prisoners providing labor for private corporations. I find it a foul, disgusting practice. 

Prisoners should, however, do community service-type labor, or something that generally benefits a community at large. For example, help in maintaining community gardens or other urban ag ventures, keeping public spaces clean, etc. I'd rather it involve something that is both providing a service to the community and giving prisoners a sense of pride/responsibility in contributing to their homes and communities, perhaps even giving them skills to carry them forward. 


romanceparty4u
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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I'm all for it. If they could work 24/7 with nothing but bread and water, I'd be all for it. Save the taxpayer money, after all we have to pay for them to be in prison, so I don't think this is unfair or cruel

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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Interesting direction to take this...

... I was thinking more of 'undercutting wages in many industries, and enabling unfair competition'...

Quoting romanceparty4u:

I'm all for it. If they could work 24/7 with nothing but bread and water, I'd be all for it. Save the taxpayer money, after all we have to pay for them to be in prison, so I don't think this is unfair or cruel


LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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We have prison farms here, in some places: enabling prisoners to grow their own food, which I think is completely appropriate.

Quoting krysstizzle:

I honestly didn't know the extent of it. 

I have serious issues with prisoners providing labor for private corporations. I find it a foul, disgusting practice. 

Prisoners should, however, do community service-type labor, or something that generally benefits a community at large. For example, help in maintaining community gardens or other urban ag ventures, keeping public spaces clean, etc. I'd rather it involve something that is both providing a service to the community and giving prisoners a sense of pride/responsibility in contributing to their homes and communities, perhaps even giving them skills to carry them forward. 



MorganTho
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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I think it's just wrong. That's why so many states are getting pushed into privatizing the prisons these companies are for profit, and then making more $ off slave labor.
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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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I think so, as well.

And I completely agree with you about driving down wages, etc. I can't believe anyone who has really thought this through would think it's a good economic idea. Other than those corporations profiting, I suppose...but that's still a rather short view to take.

Quoting LindaClement:

We have prison farms here, in some places: enabling prisoners to grow their own food, which I think is completely appropriate.

Quoting krysstizzle:

I honestly didn't know the extent of it. 

I have serious issues with prisoners providing labor for private corporations. I find it a foul, disgusting practice. 

Prisoners should, however, do community service-type labor, or something that generally benefits a community at large. For example, help in maintaining community gardens or other urban ag ventures, keeping public spaces clean, etc. I'd rather it involve something that is both providing a service to the community and giving prisoners a sense of pride/responsibility in contributing to their homes and communities, perhaps even giving them skills to carry them forward. 




Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM
Gee and all this time I thought American Slaves were just really Canadians


(Just teasing, Linda, so smile :) )
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MorganTho
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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This doesn't save the taxpayers money. These prisons are For-profit, they don't discount how much $ they get from the government from what they make off the prisoners. They take $ from the state, and then make money off the prisoner's labor on top of that.

Quoting romanceparty4u:

I'm all for it. If they could work 24/7 with nothing but bread and water, I'd be all for it. Save the taxpayer money, after all we have to pay for them to be in prison, so I don't think this is unfair or cruel

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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:18 PM

rolling on floor

Our lowest minimum wage is $9.25/hr ... so...

Quoting Donna6503:

Gee and all this time I thought American Slaves were just really Canadians


(Just teasing, Linda, so smile :) )


Tag3.0
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Would it be better if these prisons were owned by our own government? Our own governemnt used to do the same thing, these were called industrial prisons. 

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