Ca. Once-Model Inmate Work Program In Shambles

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In 1990, California voters put convicts to work for private companies behind prison walls. Businesses were granted cheap rent and other perks, while inmate workers earned real-world wages and shared them with victims, says the Los Angeles Times. the program took off and became a national model. Its director traveled the country touting it, and graduates seldom returned to prison. As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seeks to better prepare inmates for release, the program is a shambles. Once dubbed the future of corrections and expected to employ thousands of felons, the program has withered to less than half its . . .

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