Inmates provide companies with cheap, easy to control labor without them being required to provide workers with health insurance or sick days. Corporations who use prison labor also do not have to worry about having to consider family or vacation time for employees. Corporations also get away with paying inmates between 90 cents and $4 a day.
Though many people have no idea, federal prison labor, “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.” Here are just some of the most recognizable, mainstream corporations who profit from prison labor.
McDonald’s uses prison labor to produce and process some of its food, including the beef for hamburger patties, bread, milk and chicken products.