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Sunday, September 17, 2006

TX Votes to Allow Private Companies to Set Up Shop in Prisons

From Chron.com: Plans to allow two private businesses to hire inmates at Texas state prisons cleared the first of three hurdles Thursday, despite the objections of organized labor groups.

Currently, as many as 500 low-risk Texas inmates earn wages working for private businesses. The initiative is part of the Prison Industries Enhancement Program, a federally approved program.

The proposal approved Thursday would allow Unique Performance to set up a car shop at the Boyd Unit in Central Texas and American Image Wear to hire inmates at the Telford Unit in Northeast Texas. Union leaders are fighting the proposals, saying they could undercut better-paying jobs outside prison. The proposals now need clearance from federal and state officials.

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