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Tag: hb 2346

March
1st

PRISON: Don’t outsource inmates’ work

Re: “Inmates set to lose work as uniform bill advances in Olympia” (TNT, 2-29).

House Bill 2346 has to do with prison inmates making corrections officers’ uniforms. It began by the officers’ union asserting that the clothing was substandard and ended with the rationale that having inmates make officer or prison employee clothing is a conflict of interest.

Comments attributed to officers were that making clothing was not a realistic activity to prepare inmates to the working in society, and instead we should fund post-secondary education opportunities.

Years ago, post-secondary degrees in prison were stopped as they were funded

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