Industries Behind Bars: An Economic Perspective On The Production Of Goods And Services By U.S. Prison Industries

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Review Of Industrial Organization


This note focuses on two key issues about production in U.S. prisons for sale to customers outside their walls: the relative labor productivity and wages of these prison industries compared with other U.S. industries; and the types of goods and services that these prison industries produce. The results are drawn, in part, from my own survey of state prison industry directors.