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American prison labor means longer unemployment lines

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Jedi Knight, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Jedi Knight

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    On the other hand, in WA prisoner room and board costs the taxpayers around $40k/year. That's twice what some of you are making for putting in a 40 hour week.

    The solution is to legalize MJ and half the prison population will disappear. BUT I have read that the good Republican states which have sold their prison system to international corporations GUARANTEE to keep the prisons 80% filled.
     
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    One can hear all sorts of things.
     
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    You mean work vs no work? I like you Carpo...I would never mistake you for Magnetpoles or Crabtownboy!
     
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    Prisoner benefits do include 3 squares a day, free medical care, clean clothes every day, free stationary, pens, pencils, and stamps for indigent prisoners, new shoes whenever they need them and free entertainment (games and TV). Most of them don't work at all.

    Using them to make military uniforms makes sense. Paying more for them doesn't. Someone is pocketing a lot of money.

    Using them to make their own clothes and those of the correctional officers that oversee them, raise their own food, (including livestock and vegetable) also makes sense, but the government won't let them work more than 5 hours a day outside and only in temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees.

    They are coddled beyond belief, but barring graft and corruption, I don't believe they increase umemployment numbers at all.
     
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    >Seems the locked up are getting better benefits than the free.

    Depends upon your experience. For some people, jail is nicer than home.
     
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    It would surprise most people to know that many prisoners are not only happy to be in prison, but proud of it.

    Not just a few. Possibly even a majority, at some prisons. Most of them would be unemployed if they were out now, just like they were before being imprisoned.

    One could make a case that removing these thousands of deadbeats from the streets actually lowers the unemployment rate. Working while incarcerated certainly doesn't raise it.
     
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