Prison Work ReportMany times, I have proposed make Prison Industries an aggressive, and lucrative business. Then pay prisoners the market wage of their skills. Deduct from it in this order or sequence, 1) cost of prison; 2) cost of legal procedure; 3) cost of damage to crime victims; 4) cost to tax payer; 5) improving prison conditions.
There is much synthetic chemistry talent in prison. Start a generic drug business, including supplying death penalty drugs. There is much hacking talent. Start a computer security consulting, and problem solving business. There is much knowledge of outside criminal activity. Start a police education business. There is much agricultural talent in prison. Start a legal marijuana growing business. Marijuana generates more profit than all other crops in the US combined.
Structured activity, including massive overtime to generate income for everyone, will markedly reduce conflict and injuries in prion.
While most inmates are unfit for outside jobs, they may do well with the limit setting of prison and prison staff. Infractions should be punished by getting fired from the jobs. These will be seen as great privileges reserved for model prisoners.
If people are frustrated by not qualifying for real prison labor, offer opportunities for more education. If one cannot control ones moods and behaviors, to fit into a job situation, ask for treatment to control these.