Letter Re Union Corr Inst Florida Meat Packing Prisoner Labor 2001
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-:. .. . -.. - B:aEW'1'ON, PLANTB & PLANTE ATTOR N E.YS AT LAW ~- In IlOUTtf JCWO srN:ET Tu.l...a . . . .lI, Fx. eaaql TD.O"MOtC f\IIol( MAIUMO~ac ~ 0f'?lC:C _ aDO-Ua·77'. 8eo.aat·I••• It-MolL~ bppwbrcwton@ne1Jcape.net ~ ToI'l4LNl'.U, l'\. a~·._ WlLBUll E. BRBwroN December 28, 2001 Mr. Brian Connett PRIDE Enterprise 12425 28" Street, North Suite 103 St. Petersburg, FL 33716 .Re: . Union Correctional Institution; Our File NO. 125002·99 Dear Brian: I have reviewed your MemorandumofDecember 28,2001 relating to a projected Union Food Project. As I understand the issue, PRIDE will receive the customer supplied raw meat product; grind the raw meat product and package the same raw meat product into various custotner supplied and specified packages. "'O"-lUw meat will be chilled to the customer's speci.fied·temperature; and some of the . raw meat may be made into patties (1/3 initially) and over time decreasing as the bulk volume increases. raw It is iny undexstanding !bat the customer supplied meat products will not undergo any material change (i.e., it will not be cooked or further processed with the adding of any product other than the cuStomer supplied raw meat product). It is my understanding further, tba(the product will undexgo USDA inspection testing as required; and !bat the raw meat product will be loaded into refrigerated trocks for transport back to the customer. I Mr. Brian Connett December 28, 2001 Page 2 It is my understanding further that approximately seventy (70) inmates will participate in this correctional work program and will provide a service to a customer located in tlte State of Georgia. The product will be shipped to destinations as determined by the customer. . Brian, this service, which is proposed to be provided by the inmates of Union Food, is no different from tlte type service utilized in refurbishing torque converters, such as at Soutlt Bay; grapefruit sectioning; or, any other type service, in tltat inmate labor is being utilized to can:y out one asj>ect of the proposed customer's business (i.e., tlte grinding ofraw meat product and paclcaging). Therefore, absent further iDformalion andlor subsequent administrative or judicial determination to tlte contrary, I can see no reason why this project description for Union Food would not be permissible lDlder state and federal law. Wilbur E. Brewton General ColDlSel WEB:ps cc: Dr. Pamela'1o Davis Mr. Carl Deimling Mr. Jack Edgemond H;\~wmro..e-1U1.01 .•