Thursday, March 1, 2007

Inmates to Fill the Void in Farm Fields

Pilot program to help farmers replace workers driven off by state's new immigration laws. By CHARLES ASHBY CHIEFTAIN DENVER BUREAU. February 27, 2007

DENVER - It may not be too long before Pueblo County residents start seeing inmates from state prisons working area farms.

Rep. Dorothy Butcher, D-Pueblo, has managed to work out, at least in principle, a new program that would call on the Colorado Department of Corrections to supply inmates to work area farms. The new work program would operate under the department's successful Correctional Industries Program, which helps inmates obtain work while in prison and learn a skill at the same time, DOC Executive Director Ari Zavaras said Monday.

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