Prison business wants to sell products to state employees – Martinsville Bulletin

Prison business wants to sell products to state employees BISMARCK, N. D. (AP) — North Dakota is considering whether to allow the state’s 16,000 employees to buy products made by people incarcerated in the state prison system.

Inmates produce everything from garbage bags to mattresses to barbecue grills for sale to government and tribal entities and nonprofits.

Orders have slowed amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially from the prison labor industry’s once bread-and-butter office furniture operation, as an increasing number of employees work from home, according to the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which introduced the legislation.

Rick Gardner, director of Rough Rider, the manufacturing operation at the state prison in Bismarck, said making the items gives people in prison work and skills.

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