§25-7-4. Correctional industries service contracts.
(a) The commissioner may enter into contracts with private
entities under which inmate or resident labor is provided through
correctional industries for work involving the delivery of products
or for service work. Service work means work which includes, but
is not limited to, repairs, replacement of original manufactured
items, packaging, sorting, recycling, labeling or similar work that
is not original equipment manufacturing. The use of inmate or
resident labor may not result in the displacement of civilian
workers employed in the local region where the work is performed.
The division may negotiate the wage for inmate or resident labor
under correctional industries contracts and, except as provided in
sections thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen of this article,
the wage may be less than the prevailing wage for work of a similar
nature in the private sector.
(b) The Division of Corrections, in cooperation with the
Department of Commerce, shall develop and maintain a marketing plan
encouraging private sector businesses to employ inmates through the
correctional industries program.