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  •  That's not on the books though (4+ / 0-)

    There's no state that has a law that says, "If convicted of selling heroin, the punishment is we sell you to BP to clean up toxic waste."

    Because such a law would almost certain fall afoul of cruel and unusual punishment prohibitions, as well as being completely politically untenable on multiple fronts.  It's all done behind the scenes and under the radar.  I don't think most people, even lefties like those of us around here, object to prison labor like making license plates, training seeing-eye dogs and similar civic minded service as part of rehabilitation.  I don't think most of us would object to things like laundry or kitchen or janitorial duty within the jail or prison.  Contracting out to private, for-profit industry is a whole different story.  Private, for-profit prisons contracting out slave labor to dangerous, exploitative for-profit industries is reprehensible.  

    Clearly, I need to find a witty sig line.

    by libdevil on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 01:15:59 PM PDT

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    •  This is how it's been done for generations (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, In her own Voice

      Corruption from top to bottom would yield big profits for the Police, the contractors and ultimately, the "end user".

      It was (and probably still isn't) uncommon for "crackdowns" on whatever minor "crimes" they choose when there's some tasks to be done like picking crops or building a road- the Sheriff rounds up the "offenders" (loitering and vagrancy laws were especially abused for this purpose) and then "leases" the prisoners' labor to a "contractor" who n turn leases them to the end user bidnessman. Money is pocketed at every step and ultimately, the bidnessman has himself some way under market labor.

      This is America and if you think slavery's dead, just wait and see what the Plutocrats have in store for us down the road as jobs continue to be scarce. Hell, we'll have people signing contracts to work just for a roof over their heads and enough food and the term of these contracts may very well run for lifetimes. All it takes is a workforce desperate enough.

      We're not there yet but I don't think we're all that far from it either.

      - Fools and dupes abound and wisdom is the subordinate of naked greed. What a country!

      by Dave925 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 01:24:55 PM PDT

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