About a dozen states, including Oregon, Arizona, California, and Iowa, operate call centers in prisons, underscoring a push to employ inmates in telemarketing jobs that might otherwise go to low-wage countries such as India and the Philippines, reports USA Today. Arizona prisoners make business calls, as do inmates in Oklahoma. A call center for the motor vehicles department is run out of an all-female prison in Oregon. At least 2,000 inmates nationwide work in call centers, and that number is rising as companies seek cheap labor without incurring the wrath of politicians and unions. Prison populations . . .
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