In many countries around the world, inmates have contributed in economic developement by learning trades and using their skills to produce all or part of what they consume. In the United States we spend millions to ensure better living standards for inmates but we do so at a cost we cannot afford.
We spend so much, developing and implementing programs that do not make inmates productive while there are in prison. It is brillant that we have programs that would potentially help some inmates when they get out of prison but we will be better off if we structure the prison system such that inmates can produce part of what they consume. This would cut running cost for our prisons as well as give inmates the opportunity to build their resume.