Prisoners used to shovel snow-bound US capital

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  1. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100101/od_afp/usweathersnowprisonoffbeat_20100101000544

    Prisoners used to shovel snow-bound US capital
    Thu Dec 31, 7:04 pm ET

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US capital paid prison inmates to shovel sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops after the biggest December blizzard in the city's history, the Department of Corrections said Thursday.

    Two work crews comprising some 20 prisoners convicted of minor offenses were deployed around the city December 18 and 19, along with two prison guards to watch over them, DOC spokesman Michon Parker told AFP.

    Each inmate was paid 7.50 dollars per hour for their work, he added.

    The December 18-19 snowstorm dumped 60 centimeters (24 inches) of snow on the city, the heaviest on record in the month of December.

    The DOC did not say which Washington locations benefited from the snow shoveling service.

    It said it was part of a rehabilitation program signed with city authorities in 2008 that pays inmates to clean buildings, remove trash and debris and mow grass.
     
  2. kahrcarrier

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  3. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Psssssst..................................don't tell the union guys...............
     
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    wjv Zip It Stan Lee.. . .

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    Or the ACLU

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  5. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    This.

    For the win.
     
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    Carrys Inquisitive

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  7. Gary W Trott

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    Should have gotten those 535 criminals who sit in the two sides of the Capitol building to do the shoveling. At least they'd be earning an honest dollar for once.
     
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    i would subtract $3 from that figure and divided it by half. Noway they should get minimum wage.
     
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    $7.50 an hour????? that's a lot of scratch for folks getting free room & board.

    'Drew
     
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    I'd have gladly paid. Hurt my back shoveling snow on Dec. 21st. I'm just now getting out of bed and moving around some. Still in a fair amount of pain. I could have used some convicts that day.
     
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    do they have to pay for at least part of their room & board????
     
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    They better have gotten paid. If not it would be slave labor. No criminal should ever have to work for free.
     
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    I agree, how about FREE? (Remember that part about repaying your debt to society??) :dunno:
     
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    The Machinist Please! Please! No more!

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    They're already slaves until their jail time is up. Why pay them for it?
     
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    Isn't $7.50 per hour MORE than the minimum wage?
     
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    So far this is the best reply to a post in 2010
     
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    A once or future criminal perhaps?:whistling:




    This is what I mean when I say some people are just stuck with the intelligence they have at birth. Their sense of self righteous indignation seems intact, but their actually knowledge of the world what makes it tick................well, it just isn't.
     
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    Not any more. :crying:


    I like the idea of chain gangs making a comback though. :thumbsup: It's jail, not some effing picnic.
     
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    Not certain, but without a doubt........it's more than they're worth.
     
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    They should work for the benefit to get out of a cell block for a few hours.