Down in Louisiana they've got a "plain spoken" sheriff by the name of Steve Prator.
One of sheriff Steve's pet peeves is the early release policy in the state's jails and prisons. That's sort of what you expect from a cop. But, wait, there's more.
Sheriff Steve's real complaint is that too many of the really good prisoners are getting released and those are the prisoners he needs for, well there's no nice way to put this, - slave labour.
Hell, don't let the good ones out, I need them to change the oil in my car. What, do you expect me to wash the damned thing myself? Hey, I'm the sheriff.
Reader, UU4077, points out the role ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (where bought and paid for politicians go to get their marching orders from their campaign financiers), has played in promoting prison slave labour in the United States. This article from The Nation, "The Hidden History of Alec and Prison Labor," is alarming, disgusting.
Although a wide variety of goods have long been produced by state and federal prisoners for the US government—license plates are the classic example, with more recent contracts including everything from guided missile parts to the solar panels powering government buildings—prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE (the Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). While much has been written about prison labor in the past several years, these forces, which have driven its expansion, remain largely unknown.
Somewhat more familiar is ALEC’s instrumental role in the explosion of the US prison population in the past few decades. ALEC helped pioneer some of the toughest sentencing laws on the books today, like mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders, “three strikes” laws, and “truth in sentencing” laws. In 1995 alone, ALEC’s Truth in Sentencing Act was signed into law in twenty-five states. (Then State Rep. Scott Walker was an ALEC member when he sponsored Wisconsin’s truth-in-sentencing laws and, according to PR Watch, used its statistics to make the case for the law.) More recently, ALEC has proposed innovative “solutions” to the overcrowding it helped create, such as privatizing the parole process through “the proven success of the private bail bond industry,” as it recommended in 2007. (The American Bail Coalition is an executive member of ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force.) ALEC has also worked to pass state laws to create private for-profit prisons, a boon to two of its major corporate sponsors: Corrections Corporation of America and Geo Group (formerly Wackenhut Corrections), the largest private prison firms in the country. An In These Times investigation last summer revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizona’s state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the country’s massive prison population.
It's not the Chinese stealing these jobs. Slave Labour Brings "Everyday Low Taxes."