Great post. I agree with you all the way. As a former inmate of 10 years on drug charges, I worked for 6 cents an hour at times. Giving inmates real jobs that pay real wages is good for everyone involved.
Despite the article’s negative spin on it, the fact that Wal-Mart utilizes inmate labor is actually one of the first good things I’ve heard about Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, it looks like it isn’t actually Wal-Mart that is utilizing inmate labor, but the salvaging company with which Wal-Mart contracts.
As a tangential rant, it really annoys me when people bash inmate labor – it is useful employment and it generally pays inmates more than the paltry sum they would make working as porters on the unit. Prison industries are generally highly sought-after jobs by the inmate population and the companies would not utilize inmate labor if they had to pay prevailing wages – why go to the trouble? So it is a benefit to both the inmate population and the company. I find it no coincidence that the people who bash inmate labor generally have not worked in or around prisons, don’t…
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