Private prisons pay $.17-$.50 an hour. The highest paying private prison is in Tennessee, which pays $.50 an hour for "highly skilled labor". You think that hasn't affected wages in the US? You think that hasn't removed manufacturing jobs from the economy? Companies that contract with private prisons for their slave labor include: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instruments, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom's, Revlon, Macy's, Pierre Cardin, Target stores. Many, many products that say "Made in USA" were made in prison. Private prisons often have quotas with the states, wherein the states contractually guarantee that they will provide a certain number of prisoners to fill the beds of a private prison, and if they don't then they owe the private prison millions of dollars. I'm not making this up. It happened in Colorado after they legalized weed. States have a financial incentive to lock up their citizens.
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