Washington State Considers Paying Prisoners Minimum Wage

(Original Caption) 12/20/74 RIKERS, ISLAND- NEW YORK CITY: The New York City Tombs closed its doors after 33 years of operation. Photo shows empty cells inside Cell Block 7.

At a glance

  • A Washington legislator who served time behind bars contends it is time for the state to stop saving millions on the backs of inmates who are paid pennies for work in prison jobs.
  • “This is an evolution of slavery,” Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton, told reporters.
  • She is proposing that inmates be paid minimum wage when they work in the kitchen or produce furniture or other goods.

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