by Michael Robinson
The federal prison system has been greatly expanded over the past ten years, with new prisons being built, and with an ever increasing number of federal inmates. Despite this unprecedented expansion, the crime rate has not significantly declined, and still the federal government wants to build more prisons, federalize more crimes, whether real or imagined, and, of course, the whole thing is to be financed with tax dollars. This expansion has nothing to do with fighting crime; it's all part of the money machine.
At the present time, there are nearly a hundred federal prisons in the United States, most of which have a Unicor factory; a few prisons have two. Unicor evolved from a program known as Federal Prison Industries, or F.P.I., which originated at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, about fifty years ago. This program began on a sound premise. It was noted that a large number of federal inmates had no marketable job skills, a situation which would induce them to resume a life of crime to support themselves upon release from prison. The thinking, at that time, was to have inmates work in a factory setting, where they would learn job skills that would be in demand in the labor market.
The prison factories met the objective of teaching job skills; however, running a factory also results in a product being produced. Once you create something, there is little to do with your product, other than selling it. Sales generated profits, and these profits eventually culminated in the present, ongoing, expansion of the federal prison system, financed by the taxpayers.
F.P.I / Unicor originally manufactured furniture, and still does, although many other products have been added to the Unicor line. Uniforms for federal prisoners are made in the prison factories, as are the uniforms worn by U.S. military personnel. A lot of military products are made in these factories. The bomb racks used to transport bombs from storage areas to waiting planes are made by F.P.I / Unicor. Prescription eye glasses, sold to members of the military for almost $400.00, are produced by Unicor, at a cost of less than $10.00 a pair. Where do you think they buy their parachutes, canteen covers, beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, and blankets? They are all made by and purchased from F.P.I. / Unicor.
You may not have been aware of it at the time, or given it any thought, but you've seen Unicor products many times, perhaps even purchased them. Everybody knows someone who shops at the surplus outlets. If you're not already familiar with them, go browsing through one of the Army / Navy surplus stores. Oh, what a vast array of merchandise they offer. Caps, jackets, boots, shirts, pants, canteen covers, shovels, and camp stoves are but a few of the items offered. While you're there, take note of the quantities and variety of sizes available, as well as the fact that most of this "surplus" is brand new. Very few items offered in these stores have ever been used, by anyone.
Unicor is prohibited by federal law from selling their products to anyone other than government agencies. This is probably based on the publicly stated, U.S. proclamation that other countries , most notably China, engage in atrocious inhumanities by staffing their factories with prison labor. Unicor can't legally sell to the discount stores, and yet, anyone can walk into one of these stores and buy anything offered. How do the products get into the stores? Why are they not being shut down? The law prohibits Unicor from selling to anyone other than government agencies; however, the law makes no mention of what happens to the product after Unicor sells it, nor is there any stipulation as to what the original purchaser can, or cannot, do with the product they buy from Unicor.
The army, for instance, may need 50,000 field jackets. Since the army is a government agency, they can legally purchase as many of these as desired, directly from F.P.I. / Unicor. There isn't anything to prohibit the army from buying 250,000 field jackets, which fulfills their need for 50,000, and leaves them with a "surplus" of 200,000 field jackets which can be sold to the discount surplus stores at a profit. The stores cannot be shut down because they have not technically violated the law; after all, they did not buy from Unicor. They army has not violated the law because they can do whatever they like with their own property, and, Unicor has sold only to a government agency, just as the law stipulates. This keeps everything legal, and everyone makes a profit, except the taxpayers who finance all this.
Americans, as a whole, know very little about Unicor, if they have even heard of it. A few business owners have complained about the unfair business practices Unicor is allowed to utilize. Government agencies are generally required to seek bids on their purchases, and to buy from the firm offering the best prices. Competing firms submit sealed bids: no firm is permitted to know prices bid by another, except Unicor, which is allowed to review all other bids before submitting their own. Slightly underbidding the next best offer assures Unicor of being awarded almost every contract they choose to bid on. This is in addition to the cost of labor advantage Unicor already has.
Most businesses in the U.S. are subject to the federal minimum wage law. They simply can't pay workers less than minimum wage, and usually must give productive employees wage increases to keep them from leaving the firm. Unicor is not bound by these regulations, or others. The inmates in federal prisons, who do not go to work for Unicor, can earn up to a maximum of $60.00 per month, and most earn less than one third of this amount. The highest paid Unicor workers earn $1.15 an hour, while 23 cents an hour is the starting wage at Unicor. An inmate who goes to work for Unicor starts at 23 cents a hour, with a guaranteed raise, from 23 cents to 46 cents an hour their second month on the job, giving them a monthly wage of about $70.00, an amount they have no hope of making at any other job, which leaves them no incentive to seek a job assignment outside the factory.
A business needs employees to operate, and fulfill its function of making profit. Profits may be increased by reducing costs, including labor. Some businesses hire illegal aliens to reduce labor costs. These people work hard for low wages and don't complain. The employer who hires them runs the risk of being arrested, fined, or even imprisoned, unless of course, that employer happens to be, you guessed it, Unicor.
Since Unicor is a government corporation, it is exempt from any law the federal government does not wish to prosecute itself for violating. About 40 % of the Unicor work force is comprised of illegal aliens, who now earn more money in U.S. federal prisons than they could make working a job in their home country. Some of them come to the U.S. intending to get caught, so they can work at Unicor, and send monthly checks home to their families. A hundred U. S. dollars is a small fortune to a family struggling to exist on an income of almost nothing. If this family lives in a desperately poor country, and receives $100.00 a month from a relative residing in a U.S. prison, the prisoner becomes his family's salvation army, as well as a segment of Unicor's barely paid labor force. The illegal aliens are frequently happy to work for Unicor, which is exempt from the law against hiring illegals. You didn't really believe these people were going to be deported, did you?
If you're looking for an investment, virtually guaranteed to make money, consider these business advantages: Unicor has absolutely no building costs. The factories are incorporated into the design of the prisons. Every new federal prison built includes another Unicor factory, built with tax dollars, not Unicor funds. As a Unicor stockholder, you enjoy the status of being the nation's largest employer of illegal aliens, and, you are exempt from minimum wage laws. You get a complete review of competing bids before submitting yours, and, Unicor pays no income taxes.
Anyone who so desires can buy stock in Unicor. Open your Sunday paper to the financial section to find the current selling price of Unicor stock. It could be a good investment for you. The employees aren't going anywhere. They are confined to the premises by chain link fences, razor wire, and armed guards. Many of them don't even have the desire to leave.
There is no reason to be concerned with what others would think of you for
investing in this venture. The list of Unicor stockholders is the best kept
secret since the Manhattan Project. This information can not be given to
anyone except a federal agency, and even they cannot obtain the information
without written authorization, directly from the U.S. Attorney General. The
records cannot even by subpoenaed. Unless the Attorney General gives direct
authorization, not even the F.B.I. or the I.R.S. can discover your investment.
You can verify this for yourself, by calling your senator, your congressman,
and your governor, if they're willing to discuss it. Like it or not, you
are financing this entire operation by paying taxes, so you may as well buy
some stock, and own a little piece of this money machine.
by Michael Robinson
You are destined to suffer the wrath of the federal government if you live by your moral standards. I know. I'm serving a term in the federal prison system for that very reason. Most people have heard and believe, as I once did, how comfortable federal prisons are with all the tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses and other amenities of luxurious living. The reality of life inside federal prisons is a sharp contrast to the so-called reality projected by the government licensed and controlled mass media. These amenities simply do not exist in federal prisons, and there are no private rooms. The housing unit I'm forced to reside in is referred to as a barn, and it does resemble one.
The entry to M-Unit is located in the middle of a long building built in the same style as a barn. Upon entering M-Unit the first thing you see directly in front of you is a television room with windows along the entire length of the wall. A round black clock with a white face is positioned over the center window, directly in line with the entry way to the unit. Immediately to your left are two offices, the first used by the case manager and the second for the unit officer who is also known as a guard. Proceeding about ten steps further into the unit, it becomes apparent the housing unit is divided into two equal and identical sections, each of which comprises one half of the barn. Smokers are housed on one side of the bar, non-smokers on the other.
Turning to the left takes you to the smoking side of the unit. At this point the most noticeable aspect of the barn is the way the living quarters are arranged. There are no rooms or cells. The barn consists of cubes which are similar to rooms; however, the walls do not extend to the ceiling since they are only about 4 1/2 feet tall. There are four rows of these cubes, one along each of the outer walls and two more rows placed back to back down the center of the barn. The cubes along the outer walls have windows which allow sunlight in. The double row of cubes through the center of the unit get very little light from the windows.
The cube walls are constructed of concrete block, six blocks high and painted yellow. Each of the 22 cubes is about 8 feet long and 8 feet wide, only slightly larger than the average person's bathroom. This cramped space is living quarters for two men and this institution's issue of furniture for these men. Stepping into a cube reveals a small metal table attached to the center of one wall with two steel mesh book shelves on either side of the table. The opposite wall lends support for two bunk style beds, one above the other. The little space left between these walls is occupied by two lockers, two chairs, a steel trashcan and a small broom with which to sweep the bare concrete floor.
Standing anywhere in the cube gives a perfect view of the remainder of the unit. The two most noticeable things to view from a cube are the shower and the overhead lights. The shower, located at the far end of the unit, is a communal facility. It is approximately 10 feet wide and 20 feet long, has no door, just an entry way covered by a plastic curtain. The shower heads are aligned along one of the longer walls, and each of these has a stainless steel soap tray randomly hung on the wall in the vicinity of the shower head. Three small stainless steel shelves, each with four metal hooks under it, adorn the wall opposite the shower heads. Both of the shorter walls have windows from the midpoint of the wall and continuing up to the ceiling. From the outside windowed wall is the ever present view of the chainlink fence and razor wire which surrounds the prison compound. The other windowed wall provides ample view of the cubes in the unit in addition to giving everyone in the unit a full view of the shower interior.
Laying on the bunk in the assigned cube gives one a look at things which were apparently installed as an after thought once the barn was built. Attached to the ceiling with metal clips is an electrical conduit along each of the outer walls. Adjoining conduit lines travel vertically down the wall into each cube and terminate at an electrical outlet box.
About five feet from the junction of the wall and ceiling is a series of florescent light fixtures. There lights are the 4 foot, two bulb models, spaced almost four feet apart and attached to the ceiling, running parallel to the wall. Mounted perpendicular to these is another series of the same lights, spaced about ten feet apart, above the center rows of cubes.
Suspended about a foot below the ceiling is a 2 inch water pipe which runs the entire length of the barn. Branching off at a 90 degree angle from this larger pipe are 1 inch water pipes extending toward, but not quite to, the outer walls. These small pipes each have from 1 to 3 fire sprinkler heads.. It is all in all a rather gloomy place to reside.
These cramped, unsightly accommodations are the closest thing to a home thousands
of federal prisoners will know for years. Many of these people, myself included,
are serving a sentence for refusing to set people up for an unjustifiable
arrest, made only so federal agents can appear to be fighting crime rather
than committing it. If your morals prohibit you from setting up innocent
people to be arrested on trumped up charges, you may get a personal view
of the M-Unit barn because you, too, will be destined to suffer the wrath
of the federal government.
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