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Pulling at band-aids wrapped around her blistered fingers, Linda Buckham remembered how elated she had felt seeing a peacock and hearing cattle.
Buckham, incarcerated for embezzlement, is one of 15 prisoners at Pueblo's minimum-security La Vista Correctional Facility who plant crops and pull weeds as part of a new prison farm-labor program.
Buckham, who spoke with reporters Tuesday on an onion farm outside Avondale, is so happy to leave prison each day that she doesn't mind rising at 3:30 a.m. and working in 100-degree heat.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
This story's been here for a while:
Originally posted by Mekanic
They can be paid under minimum wage, since they don't have families to feed, or rent to pay, and their take "home" pay should be about 5% of what they make. Put the money into the prison system, so we don't have to.