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Hector Solon Donating Member (121 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 09:44 AM
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349. The Nation SERIES (continues) - The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor August 2, 2011
... Great piece on a hot ALEC topic, prisons for profit.

This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the SERIES (Main Page):

The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor
Mike Elk and Bob Sloan

"... prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE (the Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). While
much has been written about prison labor in the past several years, these forces, which have driven its expansion, remain largely unknown. (Para) Somewhat more familiar is ALECs instrumental role in the explosion of the US prison population in the past few decades. ALEC helped pioneer some of the toughest sentencing laws on the books today, like mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders, three strikes laws, and truth in sentencing laws."

"An In These Times investigation last summer revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizonas state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizonas notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the countrys massive prison population. (Para) That mass incarceration would create a huge captive workforce was anticipated long before the US prison population reached its peakand at a time when the concept of rehabilitation was still considered part of the mission of prisons."

One of the authors is a 'DK Exposing ALEC' user group founder:
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