Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey state had found a way to save money. Now, they would not need to import office desks in Sydney or any other office furniture as they have now relied on prison labor to refurbish the Governor’s Office.
The inmates in New Jersey prisons have been repairing office furniture for the state for many years now and this past spring, they have added another client to their list: Governor Chris Christie.
This was confirmed by a spokesperson via email the good office of Christie that they had commissioned prison labor during the past months to help refurbish the existing furniture found inside the governor’s office. This would not only include desks and chairs but credenzas and tables for personnel as well.
Although the office of the governor had declined to make a comment, they had instead shared how the state had benefitted with ‘significant savings’ due to the prison labor program. Spokesman, Joe Perone, said that annually, they spend about $6 million to $12 million on the furniture alone but when they sought the aid of the prison labor program, the costs would significantly be reduced to $2 million while the cost for refurbishing is at $50 thousand. Perone said that the program first began with former Democrat Governor Jon Corzine.
DEPTCOR, or the otherwise known prison labor program, is aimed at helping the incarcerated get trained during their incarceration. According to the DEPTCOR website, their main purpose is to provide inmates viable and real-world opportunities that would help get them meaningful employments upon their release. The program is also voluntary which means that none of the inmates are being forced on labor.
Refurbishment is not the only thing in the DEPTCOR; inmates can also engage in making food items as well as construction units. Only the state institutions are allowed to place orders on the program, the state has strictly prohibited the public from making any purchases in DEPTCOR; this was made to prevent any competitions from commercialized companies.
Inmates will also receive a fraction of the state minimum wage that can range from $1.30 to $10 a day.