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Federal Issue: Federal Prison Industries Reform
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Federal Prison Industries (FPI) Reform

 

Someone is stealing private sector jobs … and they’re already in prison!  Along with other industries and professions, the private mapping community is deeply concerned about the entry of Federal Prison Industries (“FPI”) -- a corporation created by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (operating as UNICOR) – into unfair government-sponsored competition with private enterprise. MAPPS believes this is an inappropriate area for FPI activity.  Public health, welfare and safety are dependent on the quality of work performed by mapping professionals. To add to this highly technical and professional field such data as drawings, maps and images processed by prison inmates is not only an affront to the professionals in this field, but questionable to the public interest.  Permitting prisoners access to data important to national or homeland security, or information about individual citizens’ property and assets, is also unwise. MAPPS urges Congress to limit FPI's activity in and unfair competition with the private sector in mapping and other fields.

2016 Issue Paper - Federal Prison Industries
 
House Bill (H.R. 4671)
 
House Bill (H.R. 1699)
 
Federal Prison Industries Competing with Private Sector Surveying and Mapping Companies - MAPPS Blog