Daily Commentary – Thursday, September 20, 2012 – Alabama Clothing Manufacturer Looses It’s Military Contract to the Federal Prisons Industry

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    3 Responses to “Daily Commentary – Thursday, September 20, 2012 – Alabama Clothing Manufacturer Looses It’s Military Contract to the Federal Prisons Industry”

    1. publicenemy2u on September 20th, 2012 9:44 am

      It’s only a good idea if someone makes a profit I guess:
      If Alabama Republicans get their way, the free market will soon become the prison labor market. House Republicans are pushing a bill that would allow private companies to use prisoners to make their products.

      According to The Birmingham News, “Many black lawmakers opposed it, saying it could take jobs from Alabama citizens and that it harkened back to the days of chain gangs and forced prison labor. Bill sponsor Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, called the bill a win-win situation since the companies would pay the cash-strapped prison system and the inmates who volunteer for the program would earn minimum wage or more. McClendon said the program would be entirely voluntarily and inmates could not be forced to participate. Any restitution the inmate owed would be taken out of his wages. “It keeps them busy,” McClendon said. All of the work would be done within the prison or on property owned by the Department of Corrections

    2. Its Me on September 20th, 2012 4:17 pm

      As 2u says “It keeps them busy”. It will make the time go faster if there busy. Also make prison life a little more pleasant and we dont want the prisoners to get bored.

    3. A Texas Grandfather on September 20th, 2012 9:54 pm

      Federal and State prison systems should be self sustaining as much as possible. They should grow their own food and make their own uniforms.

      Using prison labor to compete with companies participating in the free market is slavery to the prisoner and allows government to exploit them. There should be zero prison labor used to make product sold in the market.

      Prison was originally intended to be punishment for crimes against the people. It is not suposed to be a walk in the park. Doing “time” is for the purpose of learning how to behave in society.

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