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IN GERMANY, USING PRISON LABOR TO UNDERCUT CHEAP CHINESE MANPOWER


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Cal
- 701 days ago - worldcrunch.com
The business of prison work was for a long time a fairly low-key affair, and there wasn't a lot of competition. But then around the millennium clients started giving their business to firms in Eastern Europe



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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 5:59 pm
A great post Cal Thank you
 

Danuta Watola (1191)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:33 am
noted
 

Dawn Coller-rogers (1)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:47 am
Whee haa! Who built the Autobahn? Maybe it is more humane than making criminals veg doing nothing, especially in solitary confinement when they are sound of body. Remember the aged woman in The Exodus?
 

Marthe B. (9)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:47 am
Good idea,inmates being busy and still able to think about their future,feeling useful and may be even learning,and really the " made in Germany" label has always been a positive label!i guess they get payed for their work,good news to my point :)
 

Gabriela V. (161)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:49 am
Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 3:24 am
I like the idea of the prisoners only getting so much of their pay and the rest being banked for when they re-enter society.
 

John S. (300)
Monday September 17, 2012, 3:27 am
Noted.
 

Donna B. (36)
Monday September 17, 2012, 4:23 am
Noted. Thx for the great article, Cal!!
 

Frans Badenhorst (551)
Monday September 17, 2012, 5:21 am
noted..... good post, thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 5:33 am
noted, thanks
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday September 17, 2012, 6:34 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Gloria H. (88)
Monday September 17, 2012, 1:02 pm
makes sense to me. They didn't call prison "the stir" for nothing. Sitting around=stir crazy. So much for the tough guy "gangsta" personna that many young men try to act tough. It's not about 24/7 of pumping up muscles, it's looking over your shoulder for whoever/whatever comes next.
At least in Germany they are giving the more intelligent criminals an alternative to coming out a loser.
 

Sadie L. (2)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:29 pm
I think it's a wonderful idea. We should find out if this could work in the US. I imagine many prisoners would want to work rather than sit around. It's a win, win situation for everyone.
 

. (3)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:30 pm
noted, thanks
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday September 17, 2012, 3:38 pm
thank u
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday September 17, 2012, 5:17 pm
Thanks Cal--interesting post. The USA has been doing this sort of thing for years.
 

Cheryl Morel (4)
Monday September 17, 2012, 11:44 pm
We used to do that in South Africa with our prisoners in the apartheid days, now that the ANC have taken over the prisons are overflowing with criminals and they sit around watching TV and doing nothing.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 12:08 am
I saw a report that some US government contracts are going to prisons now too.
 

Trish K. (93)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 2:35 am
I like them working, paying restitution to their victims and the cost of living in that prison. In america they send victims to wasting away jails, mental illness sudden onset, and university of violence prisons. Pity the Prisoner in Amerika. Like rape, it is the murder of one's soul. Having a job keeps men and women healthy, gives them hope and something to look forward to. Then they can put them all in the army and teach them to be assassins. Sorry for the snarkyness. It is a good story with a lot of merit.
 

Sarah Lee (4)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 3:09 am
Work makes the mind active. Should encourage this everywhere.
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 6:57 am
It is a good initiative that should be followed because it is a way to reintegrate prisoners into society.
 

Muriel Servaege (43)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 10:28 am
Good idea!
 

Quinton Smith (40)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 1:48 pm
this is a great idea we already use prisoners to train service dogs an care for the forgotten stray cats and kittens until they find a forever home an what I read it is good for the prisoners an for the animals so why not have it say "MADE IN THE U.S.A." again made by prisoners it will give them training a skill like welding computer programming an yes I want to see made in the U.S.A. again I am sick of all the junk coming into this country made in china an I mean JUNK I am a welder an got some welding rods made in china open the box an they wore falling apart. =^..^=
 

g d c. (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 3:58 pm
ty
 

marie tc (166)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 4:23 pm
Wonderful idea hope UK follows
 

marie tc (166)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 4:25 pm
Trish K and Quinton have said exactly what I feel
 

marie tc (166)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 4:32 pm
We also need lots more men for the forces God Bless them for keeping us safe good idea to give the prisoners training also some self worth and patriotism. Perhaps if they had learned to love and respect their country they would not be in the prison in the first place.
There is a saying "If you do not love and respect your country you will never love and respect yourself " so true
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 6:10 pm
read & noted
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 9:59 pm
Very interesting and informative post. Thanks, Cal!
 

Rin S. (10)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 3:53 am
I think this is a brilliant idea! Thankyou
 

Tal H. (8)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 4:54 pm
Thanks for the share!
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 9:33 am
Apart from learning skills and having something to do is better than sitting in a cell. I think this will make them better people and chances of reoffending are lower. And it will also help the tax payer.
 

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