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NCJ Number: 10632 Find in a Library
Title: INCENTIVES AND THE USE OF PRISON LABOR
Journal: CRIME AND DELINQUENCY  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1973)  Pages:200211
Author(s): N M SINGER
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Newark, NJ 07102
Publication Number: U
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE CURRENT USE OF INMATE MANPOWER RESULTS IN IRRELEVANT JOBS, POOR INCENTIVES FOR INMATES, A LABOR OVERSUPPLY FOR ADMINISTRATORS, AND KEEPS PRISON COSTS HIGH.
Abstract: PROHIBITIONS AGAINST PROFIT-MAKING BY PRISON INDUSTRIES PREVENT INMATES FROM WORKING IN A TRULY REHABILITATIVE SITUATION WHICH COULD HELP THEM TO ADAPT TO THE NORMAL INCENTIVES OF FREE SOCIETY. DEMAND FOR PRISONERS' OUTPUT IS LIMITED IN BOTH QUANTITY AND VARIETY. A PLURALITY OF SHORT SENTENCES PRECLUDES SUFFICIENT TIME FOR ADEQUATE JOB TRAINING OF INMATES. INTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE INDUSTRY BRANCHES WITHIN PRISONS MIGHT HELP TO ALLEVIATE LACK OF INMATE INCENTIVE AND CHRONIC LABOR OVERSUPPLY. A BETTER ALTERNATIVE MIGHT BE THE EXPANSION OF WORKRELEASE PROGRAMS, PRINCIPALLY IN TERMS OF POSTRELEASE EMPLOYMENT, REDUCED CORRECTIONAL COSTS, AND CORRECTIONS' ACCOUNTABILITY TO SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATIVE EFFORTS. BENEFITS AND PROBLEMS OF BOTH PROGRAMS ARE DISCUSSED.
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult); Correctional industries; Inmate compensation; Inmate Programs; Management; Turnover rates; Work release
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