Modern Prisons and the Chain Gang
Drug War Prison Pipeline
Prisons are a revenue source for state and local governments. Add to that the growing private prison industry. About 87 percent of the roughly 2.3 million inmates are serving time for non-violent drug charges. This is no accident. The War on Drugs is not only conservative political strategy, it’s also big business.
The typical inmate worker earns between 12 and 40 cents per hour. Many of them wound up in jail due to poverty and lack of opportunities on the outside. Once inside, their problems get worse.
A Run Down Of Companies Who Benefit from Prison Labor
It’s impossible to make a list of every American company that benefits from prison labor. But we can list some of the biggest offenders. Some of these will shock you, some will not. I challenge you to look at this list and not find at least one company you do business with on a regular. But hey, it’s not your fault. Prisons don’t exactly advertise what they do. And the corporate news media doesn’t care enough to inform you.
- Bank of America
- John Deere
- Victoria’s Secret
- British Petroleum (BP)
- Koch Industries
- Johnson and Johnson