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Resolved, that criminals be subject to indentured servitude as punishment.

Background: The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) was founded in 1913 and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in 1930; the two agencies have had zero interaction with each other since.  Seeing as we are in a recession and, lack affordable labor but have a total sentenced population of 190,686, prisoners taking tax money is contradictory; having convicts work for freedom solves both problems.  Prisoners could be leased to the DOL while under the BOP’s supervision to achieve government agendas and to fill the 24,800 active federal contract opportunities.

Pro:

  • Indentured servitude would shorten the amount of time we have prisoners, and would lead to less tax money being spent on them.
  • The Department of Labor would have very cheap labor to complete tasks such as green energy projects (which mainly needs construction and gathering of resources).
  • Teaching prisoners work skills will assist them in their re-admittance into society and the work force.
  • The incentive for illegals to cross the border would be reduced, as work in prison would now take the place of their occupations.

Con:

  • Servitude is morally wrong: punishment in a free world ought not be slavery.
  • Over-seers would have to be on watch all the time; this would lead to less security, so prisoners could escape more easily.
  • American citizens out of work would now have to compete with both illegal immigrants and prisoners for jobs.
  • Indentured servitude is unacceptable in several religions.
  • Our image as a moral leader in the world would be dampened, leading our interventions for human rights to become hypocritical.

Sources:
– “BOP: Quick Facts.” BOP: Federal Bureau of Prisons Web Site. 26 Feb. 2011. Web. 1 Mar. 2011. <http://www.bop.gov/about/facts.jsp>.
– Hamilton, James. “U.S. Department of Labor – Good Jobs, Safe Jobs, Green Jobs.” The U.S. Department of Labor Home Page. Web. 1 Mar. 2011. <http://www.dol.gov/dol/green/>.

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