How Corporations Exploit the Incarcerated

The Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) is the network of companies and investors that benefit from incarcerated Americans, as well as the legislators and governmental systems that enable them. While many people are familiar with private prisons, the PIC includes other significant players: companies who sell goods and services at inflated prices to incarcerated people and companies who pay low or no wages for prison labor. These operators, prison labor companies, and goods providers spend millions on lobbying to maintain this system. Additionally, banks and financial institutions extend credit to these parties.