If the point of having prisoners making things is to put other American businesses out of business, mission accomplished.
If the point is to teach them a lesson about the consequences of their crimes while rehabilitating them through new jobs skills, massive mission failure.
The only jobs they will qualify for after release will not pay living wages, so they will resort to crime & likely wind up back in the prison.
Here’s an idea. Teach them services, instead of manufacturing. Roadside cleanup, rust removal & concrete cleaning at libraries & schools & public buildings, yard work at city parks, assisting with Habitat for Humanity home-building or with re-building the crumbling infrastructure before more bridges collapse.
Those are jobs that We the People need to have done & that are not getting done now.
They are also hard work, thus teaching them consequences.
AND they have at least the potential to be life-long careers, if done right.
Of course, the for-profit prisons prefer to keep the prisoners inside, where it is cheaper & easier to control them.
We the People should not care what they want — only what works & what accomplishes the goals of prison, which the current scheme does not.
All IMHO, of course.