Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cash-strapped municipalities urged to turn to inmate labor

Cash-strapped municipalities urged to turn to inmate labor

ARIZONA- They are inmates from the Arizona State Prison Complex-Douglas 10 miles away - supplemented by one city worker and a detention officer - and they say they savor the chance to get out of prison and do something productive every day.

"It's an opportunity to get out and do some physical labor," said Anthony Perez, a 40-year-old Mesa resident serving a five-year sentence on burglary and drug charges. "It allows me to keep my mind focused on my future once I get out of here."

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