We recently release a new white paper, “The Use of Prison Labor -The Economic, Environmental, and Security Concerns”.

Here’s an excerpt from the white paper:

“In 1865, slavery and involuntary servitude was abolished by the 13th Amendment except as punishment for crime.1

In 1871, the Virginia Supreme Court declared that prisoners were ‘slaves of the state”.2

In the federal prison system, 100% of able bodied prisoners are required to work, according to the U.S. General Accounting office of the Prisoner Labor Division. Starting in 1997, UNICOR, a corporation that employs prisoners in a variety of capacities to process electronic waste and produce goods and services for federal agencies began to accept computers, monitors, printers, and other types of e-waste for recycling at federal prisons. UNICOR sold these e-waste items to its customers, sometimes following refurbishment, or disassembled the items into their component parts and sold the parts to recyclers for further processing. As of June 2010, UNICOR had 103 factories at 73 prison locations, employing approximately 17,000 inmates or 11 percent of the inmate population. UNICOR’s minimum wage is $0.23 an hour.”

Download the white paper HERE

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e-stewardsThis week, AnythingIT Inc. announced it has completed a successful surveillance of E-Stewards certification for a second consecutive year.

e-Stewards Certification is rapidly emerging as the leading global program designed to enable individuals and organizations who dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recyclers that adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection. Certification prohibits all toxic waste from being disposed of in landfills and incinerators and requires full compliance with existing international hazardous waste treaties for export. Certified companies are specifically prohibited from exporting hazardous waste to developing countries or from using prison labor to recycle electronics, which often contain embedded sensitive data.

“We are really pleased with another successful audit. AnythingIT is dedicated to providing the highest level of global environmental sustainability and security. Our e-Steward certification reflects that”, says David Bernstein, CEO at AnythingIT.

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