Texas has attacked women’s reproductive rights with the passage of Senate Bill 8, the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. In the following article, Community columnist Amalia Nichols, a Texas native, investigates the extensive impacts this bill will have on business, the economy, and women, who are essential to both former points.
“Factories with Fences” and “American Made” boasts UNICOR. Better known as the Federal Prison Industries program, UNICOR makes nearly half a billion dollars in net sales annually using prison labor, paying inmates between 23¢ to $1.15 per hour. Despite already earning one-sixth of the federal minimum wage, inmates with final obligations must contribute half of their earnings to cover those expenses. UNICOR, in addition to other government-owned corporations and private prisons, makes millions upon millions of dollars using nearly free prison labor.