Monday, February 1, 2010

Ohio's Prison Industries

The Ohio State Prison System supports programs that help prisoners train for a variety of jobs. Institutions across the state make American Flags, toilet paper, eyeglasses,and dentures. They also raise cattle and process the beef for the prison system saving the state $3.3 million a year.

According to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, inmates earn from $.47 and hour to $1.27 while learning job skills that will help them succeed once they are released. Recidivism rates for inmates who work in the prison industries is only 18 percent compared to the state average of 38 percent.

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