Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill to Put Inmates to Work

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature has given final passage to a bill that allows prisons to contract with outside industries for inmates to produce products.

The Alabama House approved the Senate-passed bill late Tuesday on a 73-22 vote and it now goes to the governor for his review.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville said the money earned by an inmate would go to pay his or her court costs, restitution and fines. He said the inmate would receive some of the money when released from prison.

Opposition to the bill mostly came from members of the black caucus, who complained that the inmates would mostly be used for "slave labor". Opponents of the bill also said it was taking jobs away from Alabama residents not in prison.

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  • by Second Voice Location: Meridian on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    Three hots and a cot a day must be paid for. Taxpayers get nothing for free so why do lawbreakers? I think this is a good way for inmates to pay back some of what they have taken from society and gives them something positive to do. Mississippi should follow suit. It's not slave labor - it's simply payback time.
  • by huh? on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    a few question? who created jails?who put people in jail?who is getting rich off the jails? are all people who are in jail guilty and useless and dont need a second chance in life from mistakes? michael have you ever committed a crime and you didnt get caught? just use their backs but dont let them vote. its something wrong with that picture.
  • by bearhunter on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:24 PM
    your right. hats why the black caucaus has a problom with it because then the prisoners would be working for there behalf. why do they always think some one is trying to pull somthing over on them. they are the ones who keep racisim alive with stupid outburst like that. slave labor what a joke. they just dont want to work , pay their fines or anything. just point the finger at white people for every burden that befalls them.
  • by michael Location: philadelphia on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    WE NEED THIS HERE IN OUR STATE TOO! too many people in jails are sitting there eating 3 meals a day and doing nothing while we the citizens are paying their bills. as in health care, food lights, water, and cable they should be made to work and earn their keep!
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      by reply to huh on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to michael
      You know all races are in jail. They all have backs, they all can't vote, so why would you be questioning this law?
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