Inmate product lines help turn a profit for prisons

From toilet paper and license plates to processed meat and furniture, products made by Ohio inmates are becoming increasingly profitable as the state’s prisons act more like private businesses.
Associated Press
Apr 7, 2014

A report released this week shows that in fiscal 2013, Ohio Penal Industries made $7.8 million, the fourth straight year of increased profits.

The Chillicothe Gazette in southern Ohio reported the profits represent a turnaround from a $4.6 million deficit in fiscal 2009.

That’s when prison industry programs were criticized for poor quality at higher prices that private industries.

To increase earnings, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction closed eight unprofitable prison industry shops.

By fiscal 2013, only three of 21 industry programs in 14 prisons across the state were in the red.

Comments

abigbear

UNION WORKERS? Like to know what meat and furniture they do??

smalltownguy

A quick Google search yielded this website. http://www.opi.state.oh.us/opi/o...

libertarian

Seeing how profitable slave labor prisons have become, it's no surprise that the United States has the highest per-capita prison population in history. Unlike government thugs, more than half of inmates have never violated another person's natural rights or natural law. The drug war is welfare for government thugs. Every good person should shame and ostracize government thugs & profiteers.

holysee

Agreed! Plagiarism follows since I could not have said it better:
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SEEing how profitable slave labor prisons have become, it's no surprise that the United States has the highest per-capita prison population in history. Unlike government thugs, more than half of inmates have never violated another person's natural rights or natural law. The drug war is welfare for government thugs. Every good person should shame and ostracize government thugs & profiteers.
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It should be no problem turning a tidy profit with wages lower than what Chinese earn.

Contango

"Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them."

- "Atlas Shrugged"

Grist for the slave labor mill.

FORWARD SOVIET!

Stop It

"Who is John Galt?"...heh..."We Are!"

holysee

Seeing how profitable slave labor prisons have become, it's no surprise that the United States has the highest per-capita prison population in history. Unlike government thugs, more than half of inmates have never violated another person's natural rights or natural law. The drug war is welfare for government thugs. Every good person should shame and ostracize government thugs & profiteers.

Darwin's choice

Google how obamacare is helping prisons to curb their expenses....
More "sign-ups"for the numbers crunchers.....!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Prison slave workers aren't smart enough to understand they're going to work in prison or out on the street and I think that's funny LOL…

JERRY from SANDUSKY

You have to teach them how to work somehow maybe we should working them harder so that they understand what a job is outside in the real world

Whoopball

That's how we can compete with Asian workforces. Keep locking up more slave laborers.

pntbutterandjelly

To teach the prisoners skills and then have them make items for prison use only would be one thing but...

If they begin to compete by selling items for sale to the public "for profit" (and in consideration of how many prisoners there currently is)...the next logical objective would be to privatize the prison system so the corporations can rake in the profits. Just like is now happening in charter schools.

Contango

Re: "If (snip)"

Merely a continuation of America's expanding culture of corporatism or fascism - nothing new.

Ulitmately, we'll all become slaves to the State.

Babo

Re: privatizing prisons for corporate contracts. It already exists.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

If you don't like prison stay out of it..
If you don't like them working in prison tell them to stay out of it...
Losers get losers work...

Do you get the message now……