A South Korean company employing 70 prisoners at Jeonju Prison to build precision automobile airbag parts won the Single Parts Per Million certificate of quality from the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Small and Medium Business Association.
The February 10, 2006 award commended management at Jinpyeong, Inc., one of the 30 private companies in Korea that employ 1,400 prisoners nationwide at $16/day.
The prisoners initial product defect rate for the 0.03 millimeter error-limit parts was 1 in 8. So, company management became involved in the prisoners' lives, even eating and exercising with them, to instill good work ethics. After adding expert technicians to train the prisoners, the companys production record since April 2005 improved to zero defects and a profit of $50,000. One prisoner reported the job gave him great confidence to be able to adjust to post-prison life.
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