Corporations Take Advantage of Prison Labor

January 21, 2011  |  

(TheLoop21) — Companies such as Nike, TWA, Dell Computers, Microsoft and Burger King are reportedly using prison labor to make many of the products you know and love. Farmers are starting to use prison labor after not being able to find enough migrant workers. Prison labor allows companies to deal with the rising challenge of globalization, opening the door for them to make a profit without having to pay workers a competitive wage.  “We are contacted almost daily by different companies needing labor,” says Bruce Farely, manager of the business development unit of Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI). “Maybe it was labor that was undocumented before, and they don’t want to take the risk anymore because of possible consequences, so they are looking to inmate labor as a possible alternative.”

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