The Modernized Slave Labor System: Also Known as the Prison Industrial Complex

November 26, 2014   |   Joseph Lemieux

Joseph Lemieux
November 25, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) The united states prison system, not only a machine for mass incarceration, but a machine for modernized slave labor. The United States has 5% of the worlds population, yet we have 25% of the worlds prison population. Land of the free right?

It would seem the statistics say otherwise, since the official drug war president Nixon announced in the 70’s, our prison population has grown over 700%! Recent estimates put our prison population to well over 2.4 million inmates. 50% of the federal prison inmates are for non violent drug offenses. All the while 20% of state prison inmates are drug related.

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Is this making Americans safer, or is there an entire industry making money off of imprisoning human beings? It’s estimated that nearly 1 million convicts fill the ranks of Unicor. Unicor being the government owned corporation that handles the labor of inmates! It’s no doubt the federal government see’s an opportunity in prison labor, as they have used Unicor to have $100 million worth of military uniforms made for as little as $2 an hour. The government has no problem with using prison labor, and Unicor is estimated at raking in over $900 million a year.

McDonald’s, Walmart, AT&T, Chevron, and IBM are just the names of a few companies that support the use of prison labor. Now these company’s obviously endorse the modernized form of slave labor, and are benefiting off of it. It’s no surprise to find out that the Correctional Vendors Association, a lobbyist group that represent companies that use prison labor, has spent well over $200 thousand this year alone in shaping bills that effect the prison system, mainly the mandatory minimum sentencing. Maybe these companies want people to remain in prison for their practically free modernized slave labor?


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  1. fucking assholes!

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  2. You must refuse to partake. Refuse to work if incarcerated…

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  3. I'm guessing you've never been to prison Shirley. Refusal to work is guaranteed to make a hellish situation worse. (Source: I'm a convicted violent felon)

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  4. My husband is in prison and has already served seven yrsand owes the state 3 more before he is flat. He made parole this past January and has already went back on violations of a charge he has already served all the time for but still has loop holes and restrictions. Our country made a big deal about levi taking our work to third world countries so they cld save big bucks and pay out little for labor. So this big corporations way of not goingoverseas. Why go there when u can have the slave labor at home? And idk where they come up with 2 an hr for labor because my husband and my brother make 21 cents an hr. Then if u owe fines the state takes half of that. U wld think with the pay wagein prison there deodorant or toothpaste wld be cheaper or affordable right? No all the things they need in there sale for the same price as everything out here. If ur family doesnt have money to keep u up while incarcerated then u give into there labor intense jobs and survive and not complain

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  5. as a former inmate of N.Y.S.D.O.C.C.S. it is unlawful and against the rules to refuse to work while incarcerated. You can and will be sanctioned in increasing degree's for not participating in "programming" as they call it. Starting with no rec advancing to loss of "good time" and even beyond. You can even eventually be charged with a new crime especially if you get other people to refuse with you. You are then participating in or organizing a unsanctioned group/gathering and are subject to even more disciplinary actions. NO sit ins, no stop workage/striking, no hunger strikes, ect… falls under inciting a riot and plans to over throw the facility ect… its a trap… Prison solves nothing especially for non-violent offenders, it does ALOT more harm then good and the so called programs and classes are a joke and outdated to say the least…. Not the mention the massive corruption and theft of tax payers dollars that goes on unchecked by the staff and CO.'.s… The free health care you see republitards/fox news zombies trouncing around is minimal at best draconian at worst…

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  6. I don't have a problem with inmates making uniforms or license plates while they are in the big house. But why is their a corporation between the prison products and the govt? That's messed up.

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  7. Don't do dumb shit to go to prison. Other things that are like victimless crimes for instance, should not even have laws against them so no I don't believe pot dealers should be in prison or hell any drug dealer it's the buyers choice.

    Anyways I do support prison labor. It's not slavery lol they make money, get fed, and have accommodations. Not saying it's a pleasure Palace but come on, slaves? Hardly it cost about 60k a year to imprison someone, who should pay for that? Society? Or the asshole that fucked up? I say the asshole. Let him work for next to nothing.

    In my world we would hardly have any prisoners, drugs would be legal, if you want to be an idiot and overdose have at it. Murderers (of Un just nature for instance I'd allow duels) would be executed along with child sex offenders, serial rapists and crooked law enforcement or politicians that abused their post to get power. So basically only thieves and one time fuck ups would be in my prisons that actually changed people for the better. But I know it's all a fairy tale.

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  8. I was incarcerated in the California prison system twice for marijuana charges. If you refuse to work, you're put on what's called "C-status" which means you get zero good-time credit, most of your "privileges" are taken away (full contact visits, care packages, spending limit is lower at the prison canteen, etc.) and the worst part is that often times inmates will be housed in the disciplinary unit along with very bad people where very bad things happen.

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  9. I hope by the grace of god u never end up in a situation like prison. With that being said do u understand that 75% of inmates didnt committ a violent crime. They did rape any one they didnt kill any one they didnt robe a bank or hold a school hostage. Right? So I hope u never end up with a dui or u never cause a wreck txt and driving because when u do ull become one of the 75%

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  10. can you read the whole thing please? i said clear as day "in my world we would have hardly any prisoners" as dumb shit wouldnt be illegal to make money from the public. hell in my opening sentence i said i believe victimless crimes should not be illegal. (btw victimless crimes are crimes where someone didnt "committ a violent crime. They did(nt)* rape any one they didnt kill any one they didnt rob* a bank or hold a school hostage" as you call it).

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  11. I agree with some parts of what u said and I read the whole thing. But u cant say they shouldnt have done stupide shit and they wldnt be in prison because thats not true bad things happen to good ppl everyday

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  12. A friend of mine lost a contract to make military uniform items in a poor area of the US because the prison slave labor underbid him.

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  13. That worked soooo well on the American slave plantations….. and in mines, and sweatshop factories. Must be nice to be so privileged.

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  14. Not to play Devil's Advocate but… it costs an average of $31,286 annually, to keep a prisoner and that's more than double what I make being a law abiding citizen.

    So who's the real slave?

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  15. listen, i live in detroit the crime capital of the country according to some. i have all sorts of friends, a mixed son, and hell even gay friends. with that said for 1, my world would be far from corrupt, i dont know how the hell you can even explain that comment, criminals would be punished and victimless crime would be let go. i never spoke of a kangaroo court.. Secondly, living in detroit i know many people that have done or are doing serious time, and i know them personally. every single one of them broke the law blatatantly by stealing, robberies, vandalism, kidnapping murder etc. so where you get this 75% statistic is way off. most times if you are not violent and have committed a crime meriting a prison sentence you will do half the time or be on house arrest.

    by the way, jobs in prisons are hard to get and sought after as a way to pass the time. again, you are arguing with someone who has the same opinion of the system, i just seem to know more facts as is being proven.

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  16. so you admit people are in jail that shouldnt, then you say their the dumb shits for being there so they can be enslaved? either they belong there and they get what they deserve, or they shouldnt be there, in which case they are being enslaved. pick a point and stick to it, instead of tryuing to have it both ways.

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  17. The prison systems cry about how much it costs per inmate per (day, week, month, year, etc.) and all you "Joe and Jane Citizen" types believe them. They don't, however, say anything about how much money is made by the correctional system. For example, your car's license plate and validation sticker was made in prison. How much did it cost you? Multiply that by the thousands or millions of plates sold and you'll see how much the prisons make!

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  18. DAMM guy they are not even paid minimum wage even better yet put their wages together they don't even make as much as an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT (by the way did you see the word ILLEGAL) I don't want to hear they broke the law they should pay, why do the illegals get to stay catch that word ILLEGAL again with everything handed to them on a silver platter oh that's right in their country they are told the streets in AMERICA are paved with GOLD

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  19. I did 6 yrs in a sci at CBS in pa.we made the max pay of 42 cents per hr!prison r the second largest money maker in the USA!and they don't make anything that goes out to businesses in the outside world.the DOC has prisons make our clothes,glasses,shoes,etc for other prisons.so all the talk of license plates etc is wrong!the DOC self sustaining by inmates making all the products for it.

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  20. Slow down Randy. One issue at a time. Let me preface my response first. There is a lot of acts that shouldn't be a crime. Drug use, possession, and probably a few more I'm missing. Let's take that out of the argument though, because that's a little off topic and the article isn't about what qualifies a crime but rather labor in the prison system. Let's assume all inmates are car thieves, bank robbers, murders and that type.

    Their room and board costs money just mine and yours. These people put themselves in the position to be incarcerated. They require a bed and food just like everyone else. There is electricity and running water in a penitentiary. That costs money. Many have access to internet service. That costs money. Why should taxpayers have to foot the bill? I don't know the specific numbers but I would bet a nickel that after you figure the costs of running the institution plus whatever money they receive, it would add up to minimum wage. I'll admit that I haven't done any research on Unicorp but I wonder if it's a publicly traded company with shareholders. That's where I would have a problem. I could see where that would lead to immeasurable corruption and people would design laws to keep the prisons full for the cheap labor.

    My point in my original post is this. Just because someone is locked up shouldn't mean they don't have to earn their keep. It can be cleaning the freeways, making license plates, or military uniforms. But we've all heard the phrase, No Free Lunch. It's true everywhere, even prison.

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  21. Enoch, not only are you stupid, you are mother shit eating fucking stupid! That $31, 826 figure is given to you mother shit eating fucking stupid "Joe and Jane Citizen" types because you are so mother shit eating fucking stupid that you'll believe them. The correctional system is actually a high revenue, high profit racket!

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  22. yea prison meals are 25 cents a plate so 3 plates a day for each inmate isn't even a dollar

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  23. >>Don't do dumb shit to go to prison.<<

    Plenty of folks go to prison who didn't do any dumb shit.

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  24. >>It's not slavery lol they make money, get fed, and have accommodations. <<

    So did most slaves in 1860. It's slavery, plain and simple.

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  25. >>Not to play Devil's Advocate but… it costs an average of $31,286 annually, to keep a prisoner and that's more than double what I make being a law abiding citizen.

    So who's the real slave?<<

    Still the prisoner. Not you.

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  26. yea when in prison ou refuse to work they take yourgain time away and then put u in a box with a bed in a toilet for couple months 3 showers a week whenever they wanna give them to u and u get ur food brought to u to eat in ur 6 by 6 cell

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  27. Juan Nightstand I was incarcerated in the 70's 80's Illinois system. Yep we worked..Recap tires.. furniture….etc. Made alot of money for the system. Still doesn't make up for the abuse. I was stabbed 3 times…Thrown off a 30 ft. gallery…saw 6 murders and not going to reply as to how I survived it. I did 14 yrs. in the Illinois dept of corrections and made it out.. I knew John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck. It was a time you you would not understand.. good luck

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  28. No sympathy here. They owe a debt to society and these jobs give them training in normal life skills as well as cuts the bordom and the time available to get into more trouble.

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  29. Robyn Blanpied I had no idea this was the case Robyn. My deepest apologies for the comment. I have never been to prison, true, but I feel for those of you that have. I am glad that this issue is out there on a public forum however. It is time we all stand up to tyranny in this country…this slave labor certainly qualifies. I think the FIRST thing we should all do is boycott all companies that use such labor and villify them as much as possible.

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  30. Patrick Borush I believe that the 'powers that be' are planning just this thing for all citizens and certainly the ones that have the 'mental illness' of nonconformity and loud mouthing such as myself. That's what the FEMA camps are for..and they are trying desperately to declare martial law to do it (think Ferguson). I have to say, I will REFUSE to partake, even if it costs me my life and/or freedom. Remember, you can only be enslaved if you allow it. I REFUSE to be enslaved at 30 cents a day so McD's can make 3 bucks off a hamburger and 2 of it was earned from MY slave labor…sounds a lot like communism no?! God will protect me, and death is merely the beginning of the journey.

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  31. Howard Cox Wow buddy sounds like you need a strong cup of shut the fuck up. Nothing you said is even worth addressing because you didn't actually say anything but a bunch of curse words mixed with judgement. I hope your piss poor excuse for a human existence ends at the hands of a violent criminal who I'd gladly hand my tax money over to for a much needed public service. Oh and for what it's worth shit talkers, I've been to jail.

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  32. Howard cox where r these stickers n license plates made?there r 28 state prisons in Pa-none make either.I did 6 yrs at a SCI n 4 yrs at a FCI I never heard of such a thing.however u r correct about the money revenues by prison to keep inmates incarcerated.I believe they stop making license plates when the stopped using a ball n chain as a restraint!

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  33. as previously stated i live in detroit, know many people in and out of the system, and i dont know a single person who was wrongfully convicted. They committed whatever crime they were accused of.

    why should i pay for fuck ups in prison off my tax money when they should and can make the money themselves? slaves? well they should have thought about that before they broke the damn law. That roof and food going to their cell isnt free and if they are sitting there doing nothing, who pays for it? people that are not in prison. fuck that.

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  34. I refused to work when I was in prison. It didn't make the time easy, but I didn't care.

    On the other hand, I was short time. If I was there for years I likely would have wanted to work at some point.

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  35. Slaves were provided housing (shacks), food (as little and as cheap as possible), discipline (routine beatings and rapes), and a trade to learn if they ever became free men. Sound familiar? And if I pay for such things, I am able to choose a safe neighborhood or move to another. I can choose decent food. I get decent healthcare provided by my employer rather than being left on a cell floor to die while the guards watch or being made sick by prison doctors re-using needles, etc. (has happened). I have always had air-conditioning and water on hot summer days. All this I have had while living on far less than $31,000 as a free person and, of course, before Obamacare. Don't get me wrong. Jobs should be available to cut the monotony and provide new trade skills. College should also be provided for those who are willing to work a job too to pay for it. It's how they do it and what they pay that is wrong. Requiring payment has also brought back debtors prisons. Pay up or be sent back to prison.

    Apparently, some of you have also missed an article where a prison board, in California I believe, complained about prop. 47 releasing a lot of non-violent felons. They are dragging their feet on complying because they said it would drain their labor force including firefighters. They actually admitted they are keeping people in prison beyond their adjusted prison terms because they need their labor to fill valuable contracts!

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  36. Enoch Dark I see that four people like my comment whereas there's only one like by your reply. You probably clicked like yourself so you wouldn't feel lonely!

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  37. Howard Cox who gives a fuck champ? I don't feel lonely because I have friends in real life and don't sit around comparing likes on Facebook. But since it apparently means so much to you, please allow me to point out that I have 172 followers to your big fucking ZERO. Not that it matters because it doesn't. Why don't you and your gay mustache go back to the 70's where you belong.

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  38. California voted to let non violent folks out of prison, and the prison is crying that they won't have any one to fight fire and work on road crews.
    It's a Billion Dollar industry shut down by the Voters of Calif.

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  39. The point of this article is to point out that most of these inmate workers are forced to do things like fight wildfires for "crimes" that literally hurt noone. You have no right to judge someone for smoking a plant.

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  40. Did you miss the part about most of the prison population is nonviolent drug offenders? They literally hurt noone, you have no right to judge someone for putting a substance in their body if it doesn't hurt anyone else, these are not drug dealers and bank robbers.

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  41. Chris Burkhart the thing is, in order to get out of those walls to be an inmate worker your charges have to have no victim that you can harass while on release, so all of these inmate workers are in fact nonviolent inmates who are probably only in lockup for putting an "illegal" substance in their own bodies, so they don't really belong in a prison to begin with, let alone be forced to do hazardous jobs for less than minimum wage with no hazard benefits. The jobs like making uniforms and cleaning freeways are forced upon comepletlyy unpaid PRETRIAL inmates in county jails, ALL of which are not yet convicted and the majority are misdemeanor offenders whose "crime" doesnt even carry the penalty of prison time.

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  42. So. It's a prison not a summer camp. Work them hard and maybe they won't come back

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