WA prison inmate apple pickers picking up speed

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QUINCY, Wash. (AP) — Washington prison inmates who are picking apples at a Quincy orchard are getting the hang of it — increasing production and maintaining quality.

The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/vvOmon) they’ve picked up speed since they arrived Monday from the minimum security Olympic Corrections Center near Forks.

Overseers are watching to make sure they don’t get careless and bruise the fruit.

The 100 inmate-pickers could finish their job by Friday at the McDougall and Sons orchard.

The newspaper also reports the critical demand for apple pickers has passed. The WorkSource office in Wenatchee says growers only need skilled workers.