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Prison Labour

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posted on Aug, 24 2007 @ 05:31 AM
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Prison Labour


www.alternet.org

As states increasingly crack down on hiring undocumented workers, western farmers are looking at inmates to harvest their fields. Colorado started sending female inmates to harvest onions, corn, and melons this summer. Iowa is considering a similar program. In Arizona, inmates have been working for private agriculture businesses for almost 20 years. But with legislation signed this summer that would fine employers for knowingly hiring undocumented workers, more farmers are turning to the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) for help.
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posted on Aug, 24 2007 @ 05:31 AM
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Does this really help anyone?

At least they are less of a burden on taxpayers - 30% of wages goes towards the cost of keeping them in prison, the rest goes to restitution, any child support and a mandatory savings account - a good thing, because if they have savings when they are released, then they are less likely to re-offend - at least until the money runs out.

I believe that this is a good programme - at least they are not working in big business sweatshops, enriching corporations who already have more money than they know what to do with.

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