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The problem

lies in the private prisons influencing drug laws that get non-violent drug offenders locked up for absurd amounts of times so that the same organizations can sell their cheap(er) labor. And even if you negate the lobbyist argument, prison labor still seems like a market distortion. If a prisoner is given the choice of A) Being locked in a cage with potentially violent individuals for no pay or B) Doing manual labor for 25 cents an hour, my guess is they'll choose B). So this labor price isn't a reflection of the market labor price that exists outside of the isolated conditions in prison. So I still wouldn't agree with prison labor competing with free market labor because it involves the state using its monopoly of force

The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it