COLEMAN, FL — No one is safe from the effect of the down economy. According to the Orlando Sentinel, approximately 220 inmates will lose their manufacturing jobs due to the closure of the Federal Correctional Complex’s office furniture factory.

The Coleman factory was one of 109 nationwide, in 76 prisons, under the umbrella of the Federal Prison Industries. FPI, also known as UNICOR, is a government-owned agency that employs an estimated 21,800 federal inmates nationwide to produce goods in a variety of industries. The Coleman prison factory is one of 14 operations that will close this year due to lagging sales; a move, which reports say, will save FPI $16 million in operating costs.

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