Small Biz Contractors Take Aim At Prison Work Program

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Small business groups urged Congress on Thursday to prevent a prison work program from taking government contract opportunities away from small businesses, voicing support for legislation that would strip the government-sponsored prisoner workforce of its privileged procurement status.

Federal Prison Industries, commonly known as Unicor, employs prisoners in a range of manufacturing and service jobs, and competes for government contracts under the same privileged rules as small businesses. While Unicor says that it provides good value to the government and gives inmates job skills that make...
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