Counterpunch, June 20, 2017
The Federal Prison Industries (FPI) under the brand UNICORE operates approximately 52 factories (prisons) across the United States. Prisoners manufacture or assemble products for the US military, homeland security, and federal agencies according to the UNICORE/FPI website. They produce furniture, clothing and circuit boards in addition to providing computer aided design services and call center support for private companies.
UNICORE/FPI makes its pitch for employing personnel to firms thinking about offshoring their call center functions. The logic is that, hey!, they may be prisoners, but it’s keeping the jobs in the USA that matters. That approach cuts out those Americans desperate for any kind of work but, through no fault of their own, are not behind prison bars and employable by UNICORE/FPI.
The USA is the world’s number one incarcerator: Capitalism, racism, social and political injustice, a pay-as-you-go legal system, policy makers, prison lobbyists, the death penalty, unemployment, drugs, gangs…
Inevitably money eventually sucks in and corrupts everyone from those in local communities desperate for the work a prison facility provides to those investors who profit from the prison industry. They take their profits from the misery and labor squeezed from their human property–those prisoners who self-destructed and others who are serving terms way too long.
From October 2016 through March 2017, UNICORE/FPI sold $252,414,987 million worth of goods and services.
The prison labor industry is very keen on promoting its role in assembling the US military’s widely used Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System. In January defense contractor Harris Corp. was awarded a $403 million contract by the US Defense Logistics Agency for spare parts supporting tactical radio systems.
Some of the purchases by the US Department of Defense include $14.8 million for electronic components, $887 thousand for communications equipment, $26.7 million for office furniture, $27.1 million for special purpose clothing and $7.5 million for body armor. The Department of Homeland security spent $372,255 on administrative support.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains women, men and children in over 200 county jails and for-profit prisons. Some of these individuals include legal permanent residents with longstanding family and community ties, asylum-seekers, and victims of human trafficking.
President Donald Trump’s animosity to immigrants is well known. He and his attorney general will make sure detention centers and prisons are overfilled with men, women and children from Mexico, Central and South America. Trump will likely that many thousands more will find themselves locked away and working for UNICORE/FPI or lining the pockets of private prison company owners.
The over-incarceration of Americans is just one more issue, piled on many—Afghanistan, Syria, education, Trump, Clinton’s, health care, taxes–in which US citizens find themselves trapped.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» продолжают нахваливать псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Кричите вместе: «АМЕРИКА ВЫШЕ ВСЕХ! AMERICA FIRST! ТРАМП НАШ!, ТРАМП НАШ!!…”
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США