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From the BBC:

Authorities in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are planning to set up an outsourcing unit in a jail. The unit will employ 200 educated convicts who will handle back office operations like data entry, and process and transmit information. The project will begin at Charlapally Central Jail, near the state capital Hyderabad, in the next four months.

India is a hub for the outsourcing industry, but this is the first time a unit will be set up inside a jail. The prison, with 2,100 inmates, is Andhra Pradesh's most modern with state-of-the-art facilities. The proposed outsourcing unit is a public-private partnership between the department of jails and an IT (information technology) company, Radiant Info Systems.

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This will really build value into our trade.
I am a big fan of Dr. Silbert and the Delancy Street Foundation for prisoner rehabilitation, however, this plan, with the information given in the article, seems born out of just plain lunacy. To bring educated, criminal, foreign, people any where near the IT department of a bank is totally insane, seriously. How could anyone even conceive this idea? Is it April Fools day?

By the way, I've been involved in several India outsourced development projects all of which have been colossal failures, but, that is another long complicated subject.
Jason LaBranch: By the way, I've been involved in several India outsourced development projects all of which have been colossal failures, but, that is another long complicated subject.

That is a very common outcome. You may be interested in a post I wrote two years ago - Successful Offshore Outsourcing. If you have the time, we are very interested in hearing your story.
The very reason folks are inmates are not because "they are educated" but "they did something wrong". This is the most humiliating initiative for a country where there are hundreds and thousands of talented folks. Instead of preventing cyber crime, the company is introducing crime in cyber! Its also an eye-opener for us to check on facts before outsourcing projects.

That said, there is a massive amount of talent to be exploited but projects fail if companies have a hands-off approach towards their offshore partners. Success comes with involvement & trust. More than technology, it is lack of Project Management and clear communication channels that leads to failures.

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