The Massachusetts Correctional Industries (MassCor) is a state of Massachusetts Department of Corrections prison labor program that has operated since 1887, though it was rebranded over a decade ago in an effort to destigmatize the work. Though the program is voluntary and purports to provide “a rehabilitative skill set” for participants, incarcerated people participating in it receive compensation between $0.85 to $1.45 per hour. There is also no evidence to suggest that participants in the program have a better chance of receiving a job after being released from prison. The products produced by incarcerated people in Massachusetts include: binders, embroidery, flags, high visibility uniforms, janitorial supplies, laser engravings, mattresses, metal, office furniture, optical wear, prints, signs, silk screenings (including "Blue Lives Matter" flags), upholstery, wood furniture, and others. The primary customers for these products are state and local public agencies, particularly because these agencies are exempt from an obligation to bid on products/contracts from MassCor. The program operates 17 manufacturing sites within 7 prison/jails in the state.
MassCor is a supplier for several Massachusetts entities (apart from the state of Massachusetts), including:
MassCor's clients also include the City of Lynn Pickering School, Quincy Police Department, Hampden Town Clerk, Foxborough Fire Department, and Millis Fire Department.