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04:27 AM on 08/16/2012
I thought for sure it was Staples
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Mike Clark II
memphis, journalism major. nuff said
04:15 AM on 08/16/2012
sounds like the outsourcing problem. but domestic.
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First Blast
res ad triarios venit
04:15 AM on 08/16/2012
This has all the ingredients for corruption. Big money + a need for captive workers = scooping people up on trumped up charges and locking them up for lengthy prison sentences.
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Remy Arrr
05:19 AM on 08/16/2012
Plus, no unionizing. the GOPher's dreams realized. Maybe they should go to where their dreams are, should live in their dreams.
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sidesjw
TRUST US MITT
04:14 AM on 08/16/2012
I suppose that the man i cuffs is an employee that stole food to feed his family. Instead of the executives that told him he was earning enough.
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First Blast
res ad triarios venit
04:12 AM on 08/16/2012
Raise your hand if you did not know there is a class war going on.
skykam
Out of the office.
04:08 AM on 08/16/2012
Private prisons and slave labor. Two great tastes that taste great together.
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LaurieAnn
Generation Jones INFJ
04:05 AM on 08/16/2012
This is just like the Stalinist labor camps in the old Soviet Union.  The Soviets made all kinds of things crimes so there could be enough prison labor for the mines of Siberia.
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
04:03 AM on 08/16/2012
Interesting that the animus seems to be at least as much about Unicor being government-run as the issue of prison labor. I wonder how the pols would respond if one of Jan Brewer's outsourced corrections corporations had prison labor provide items for consumption by, say, Wal-Mart? Is that the "free market" in action to the GOTPee?
iconico62
don't blame the mirror if you have a broken nose
04:01 AM on 08/16/2012
Who owns Unicor? Are there other companies similar to Unicor? Is prison work up for bid like all government businesses? I just can't believe the profit margin on prison made stuff. Unbelievable. There's gotta be some kickback somewhere.
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psnyder325
Yep, I'm a Socialist. Deal.
04:58 AM on 08/16/2012
The United States has one of the most corrupt governments in the history of the world. There are ALWAYS kickbacks, etc.
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Ravi Wells
another person with an opinion
03:59 AM on 08/16/2012
can anyone doubt that this is the very reason the US incarcerates so many people for such fabricated non-crimes?

chalk up another win for corporatocracy...
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sherbertson
Gay, pagan, believer in science.
05:11 AM on 08/16/2012
Add that to the "private prison industry", and we get a bigger picture of the problem.
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Ravi Wells
another person with an opinion
05:38 AM on 08/16/2012
clearly- this is slavery redefined, and given a only-less-slightly barbaric face--
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Cadmus
Caesar regit, Brutus sugit.
03:56 AM on 08/16/2012
Try as it might, the human race cannot rid itself of slavery.
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Diogo Marzo
03:52 AM on 08/16/2012
Slave labor
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LiberalBuzz
Voting republican is voting against America.
03:49 AM on 08/16/2012
That is an interesting take on this problem. And by the way, you can earn your way up to a buck an hour at Unicor. AND overtime can go to a buck fifty.

There are not a lot of companies that would hire felons these days anyway and most of the things UNICOR does hasn't got much in the way of real world applications anyway. Most of what they make are industrial things. When they say bedsheets, it's about the same quality as hospital sheets, noisy and not very soft at all. Desks are utilitarian, and pretty much so is every thing they sell. So what they sell is nothing the average consumer would want. SO unless they found a job in industrial things it does them no read good.

What they should be teaching them are practical applications for being on the outside.Small motor repair, engine repair,  body work,  home repair, plumbing, electrical, etc. motorcycle repair.carpentry. The point is those are real world applications and can be used to help get a job vs saying you worked in a factory  just assembling things 

The sewing part is not bad, but hard to compete with China.

BUT and this may surprise or infuriate some but long termers who are very careful with their money can walk out with a very nice amount of cash to hopefully restart their lives correctly. I am talking thousands after 15 or 20 years or so..
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truly moderate
Independent, Center-Right
03:43 AM on 08/16/2012
"A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed new rules that would change the way prison manufacturing companies do business, subjecting them to stricter standards that would lead to higher prices. "

I'm generally not a fan of progressive policy......but when it comes to small town centric American businesses taking the "hit" because a major government owned "corporation" is driving them out of business in such a harsh economy, I'll certainly support this cause for unicor to have to adjust it rules so that small businesses can fairly compete.
03:43 AM on 08/16/2012
"The corporation obliged, but not without regret; for Unicor, that contract would have created hundreds of jobs for its workers"

I am sure that was a misprint, they meant to say slaves.