Saturday, October 3, 2009

What is PIECP and why should you care?

Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) is the federal program that allows state prison industries to "partner" with private sector manufacturers, businesses and corporation to use prison industry facilities and inmate labor to make products that are then sold to public and private consumers across the country.

You should care because the manner in which this important program is being abused is causing the closure of private sector businesses and corporations who are in competition with the prison industries. This also causes the loss of private sector jobs to inmates behind the fences and walls of the state's prison industries.

The products prison industries make are in direct competition with private sector manufacturers in your state or neighboring states. These products are made using cheap labor with no benefits paid to the workers, low annual leases given to the "partners" by the prison industries and other overhead saving short-cuts.

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