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American Slave Labor

Unicor is a government-run enterprise that employs over 13,000 inmates -- at wages as low as 23 cents an hour -- to make goods for the Pentagon and other federal agencies.

With some exceptions, Unicor gets first dibs on federal contracts over private companies as long as its bid is comparable in price, quantity and delivery. In other words: If Unicor wants a contract, it gets it.

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And remember under no circumstances can the government produce a product for sale nor can they ever hope to compete with the private sector.

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msbradford83 said about 2 years ago ...

That is why prisons are a multi-billion dollar business because they rather pay criminal slave wages and keep giving money to government official and themselves instead of folks who needs jobs and give them a honest salary.

ihearu122 said about 2 years ago ...

read the 13th ammendment to the constitution. Unicor and the GAO should be held accountable for the way they award and get bids.

sean_renaud said about 2 years ago ...

This 13th Amendment?

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

ihearu122 said about 2 years ago ...

duly convicted and at hard labor. Now if only our courts systems were fair...

sean_renaud said about 2 years ago ...

It doesn't specify that. It just says duly convicted. Our courts aren't fair but that's neither here nor there.

dyingman said about 2 years ago ...

Hard labor? They assemble swivel chairs and maybe machines that manufacture the parts. This isn't rock breaking. It's no more hard labor than what million of Americans USED TO do in factories nationwide and Chinese do everyday now.

Can't we offer minimum wage to these guys? Maybe they don't get it until they're released? As they build up a fund, maybe there's even more incentive to try to get parole? Maybe some wages get diverted to a victims' fund for both their own victim and for those whose perp is never caught?

Work programs relieve boredom and may serve as a resume line for prison populations that are difficult to employ. (Why hire a con if there's others available?)

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