Prison inmates helping harvest Washington apples
Monday, October 31, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- Some prison inmates are now helping harvest Washington's apple crop, as growers take unusual steps to deal with a labor shortage.
The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/srJGuD) 105 inmates from the Olympic Corrections Center in Clallam County started picking apples Monday at a Grant County orchard, McDougall and Sons in Quincy.
The grower agreed to pay $22 an hour for each offender, but that also covers housing, transportation and guards. Offenders get the minimum wage with amounts deducted for child support and crime-victim compensation.
The prisoners are living in tents with mobile showers and kitchens.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com