How Prison Labor Competes With Other Low-Wage Workers

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The Prison Policy Initiative found that the average wage of a prison worker is 93 cents an hour, and the lowest reported wage was 16 cents. Compare that to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Today's inmates don't break rocks; over the years, they have packaged coffee for Starbucks Corp. and wrapped software for Microsoft Corp. This puts them in direct competition with blue-collar workers . . .

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