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A new calling for jailed criminals - telemarketing
The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 28, 2009 | Joe Hildebrand

Posted on 09/28/2009 7:45:38 AM PDT by myknowledge

CONVICTED criminals are being employed as telemarketers to cold-call people as part of a radical new prison employment program.

But those called will have no idea they are talking to an inmate and the State Government will not say which organisations are using the convicts as part of a confidentiality deal.

The program is designed to prepare women prisoners from Windsor's low and medium-security Dillwynia Correctional Centre for life on the outside, training them for work and stopping them from reoffending.

However it is also being used as a low-cost way for companies to get cheap telemarketing work and for the Government to boost its coffers.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailytelegraph.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; jailbirds; prisoners; telemarketers

You certainly don't want to be speaking to a con over the phone, would you?

1 posted on 09/28/2009 7:45:39 AM PDT by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge
a low-cost way for companies to get cheap telemarketing work and for the Government to boost its coffers.

Economic fascism -- business and government work together so that each can help the other.

And that 9.7% unemployment rate? You workers better suck it up. The prisons are full of people who will work for practically nothing. Ha! Ha!

2 posted on 09/28/2009 7:49:06 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: myknowledge

Right. Like I want to be giving my Credit Card number to a woman who is behind bars for Identity theft?


3 posted on 09/28/2009 7:49:38 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Sometimes the line between life and death is measured in millimeters of depleted uranium.)
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To: myknowledge

Unbelievable. This was used on the HBO show OZ years ago and now it’s here in real life.


4 posted on 09/28/2009 7:50:29 AM PDT by kempster
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To: ClearCase_guy
Economic fascism -- business and government work together so that each can help the other. True.

And that 9.7% unemployment rate? You workers better suck it up. The prisons are full of people who will work for practically nothing. Ha! Ha! Perfect slave labor pools.

5 posted on 09/28/2009 7:51:54 AM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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Yeah, that show was awesome. They included the crims trying a credit card scam as well.


6 posted on 09/28/2009 7:52:08 AM PDT by B.Lyle
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Besides a possible credit card scam, they have your phone number and can lookup your address and send their pals to rob your house.

This is a bad idea.


7 posted on 09/28/2009 7:55:02 AM PDT by bakoj
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To: myknowledge

Just one more reason to hang up on telemarketers.

(As if I needed one.)


8 posted on 09/28/2009 7:58:48 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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Don’t worry. All their conversations will be recorded, monitored and suspicious activity red-flagged.


9 posted on 09/28/2009 8:00:42 AM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge
You certainly don't want to be speaking to a con over the phone, would you?

This is such a bad idea on so many levels....

10 posted on 09/28/2009 8:02:15 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (...We never faced anything like this...we only fought humans.)
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Female heroine users often have highly developed people friendly skills. How nice. </s>
11 posted on 09/28/2009 8:02:24 AM PDT by Reeses
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Female heroine users often have highly developed people friendly skills. How nice.

"Female heroine" is a bit redundant, isn't it?

I mean, there's no such thing as a male heroine.

12 posted on 09/28/2009 8:04:45 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: myknowledge

Why outsource the call centers? Telemarketing? A person could readily stand this up so profit could cover expenses of keeping the boys and give them some income....

Imagine, success could give the cons some positive social skills.... meaning, gratification and something to do once they were out.

But then again you could have a whole generation of Madoffs!


13 posted on 09/28/2009 8:05:29 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: TChris

Ha! I meant heroin.


14 posted on 09/28/2009 8:08:07 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: myknowledge

This was an underlying story line in the moviie “Spitfire Grill”. An inmate from the South (for murder) was incarcerated in Vermont, and she fielded calls about vacation destinations in the state of Vermont. She became so enamored with Vermont (or perhaps it was Maine) as a destination that when she was released she decided to live there and was assigned by her parole agent to work for an elderly diner owner where she made many friends. Good movie. Sad ending.


15 posted on 09/28/2009 8:09:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: myknowledge
Slave labor, the Obamumist dream come true!

The Obamunist gets to claim he created jobs and the companies get to enjoy slave labor (soon to be filled by all his right-wing domestic terrorists) in the United States of America...we're not near as free as we like to believe.

16 posted on 09/28/2009 8:10:07 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: myknowledge

Nothing new really. Not real smart but it is what it is.


17 posted on 09/28/2009 8:15:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: myknowledge

As long as the telemarketing doesn’t involve giving personal information, I’m okay with it.


18 posted on 09/28/2009 8:31:19 AM PDT by hsrazorback1 (Seek truth.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Another reason to be on the “DO NOT CALL” list.

I am supposed to be on that list- but am starting to get calls again.

Now I ask them if they are adhering to the Do Not Call list, and then I hang up.


19 posted on 09/28/2009 11:03:33 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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You have to renew it online. It runs out after, IIRC, three years.


20 posted on 09/28/2009 11:05:07 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: myknowledge

It’s all a part of reducing the population by giving criminals your name and address so that they can come rob and kill you when they get out of jail.

There’s always an upside to madness, you know?


21 posted on 09/28/2009 11:10:17 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (2012 -- Sarah Palin for President, Michele Bachmann for VP, Liz Cheney for Sec of State!)
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