Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2005

Published In

Review Of Industrial Organization

Abstract

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.