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NCJ Number: NCJ 156215     Find in a Library
Title: Work in American Prisons: Joint Ventures With the Private Sector
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Author(s): G E Sexton
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
  Series: NIJ Program Focus
  Annotation: This paper describes how companies in South Carolina, California, and Connecticut have formed successful partnerships with State and local correctional agencies to use inmate labor for the manufacture of goods for private firms.
Abstract: The benefits of such an arrangement include the development of a cost-competitive, motivated work force, which can continue to work after release from prison. Another benefit is the proximity of a prison-based feeder plant to the company's regular facility. Financial incentives include low-cost industrial space and equipment-purchase subsidy offered by corrections officials. Further, the work environment is safe due to the presence of security personnel and a metal detector that keeps weapons out of the shop area. Also, the partial return to society of inmate earnings to pay State and Federal taxes, offset incarceration costs, contribute to the support of inmates' families, and compensate victims are benefits of the corrections industry. Some challenges encountered include absenteeism and rapid turnover of employees, limited opportunities for training, and logistical problems, such as appropriate access for deliveries. Representatives of companies interested in joint-venture arrangements should consider Federal and State laws that regulate the markets; types of permissible business relations; and rights and responsibilities of inmates, staff, and private companies. Other important issues are goals consistent with the mission of the corrections agency, the warden's support, and the qualifications of the joint-venture manager. 2 exhibits
Main Term(s): Correctional industries
Index Term(s): Vocational training ; Private sector-government cooperation ; South Carolina ; California ; Connecticut
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Type: Program Description (Model)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: National Institute of Justice Program Focus, November 1995.
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