How Prison Factories Pluck Jobs From The US Economy

Law360, New York (June 20, 2017, 12:08 PM EDT) -- Every year, U.S. apparel manufacturers anxiously await publication of the annual Financial Management Report from the Federal Prison Industries (FPI). This document is important for our apparel industry because we actually learn how much of our business will be sent to prison! Although you may find this hard to believe, the U.S. federal prisons have become our biggest competitor as we strive to carve out a share of the domestic apparel manufacturing market.

You read this correctly. We are competing with our federal government to secure production orders while trying to advance the interests of private domestic contractors. With prison wages...

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