Popular Resistance has compiled a list of 12 corporations that are benefiting big time from the prison industrial complex. Orange is the new Black has acquainted us with the fact that service dogs are raised in prison (remember “Little Boo”?) in the first season and then portrayed inmates making intimates this past season, but it turns out all kinds of companies are cashing in on cheap labor from people who cannot unionize or need health benefits or vacation time: inmates.
The Left Business Observer reports that:
“the federal prison industry produces 100 percent of all military helmets, war supplies and other equipment. The workers supply 98 percent of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93 percent of paints and paintbrushes; 92 percent of stove assembly; 46 percent of body armor; 36 percent of home appliances; 30 percent of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21 percent of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.”
Inmates process frozen foods for McDonald’s including beef for patties, bread, milk, and chicken products.
Wendy’s uses inmates to process frozen beef for patties.
Inmates are hired for Walmart to “clean products of UPC bar codes” to resell products.
Inmates package Starbucks’ holiday coffees.
Inmates are used for Sprint’s call centers.
Verizon also uses inmates for telecommunication centers.
7. Victoria’s Secret
South Carolinian female inmates sewed Victoria’s Secret products. They apparently also replace “made in” tags with “Made in USA” tags.
8. Fidelity Investments
In some cases, some of your money invested by Fidelity (401(K) plans) is used for prison labor or in other operations related to the prison industrial complex. Popular Resistance states: “The investment firm funds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has created laws authorizing and increasing the use of inmates in manufacturing.”
9. J.C. Penney
Jeans from J.C. Penney have been made by inmates.
Kmart has also employed inmates to make jeans.
11. American Airlines
Inmates take American Airlines reservations.
This car company also uses inmates to take reservations.
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