Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dads become slave labor

Virginia wants to turn deadbeat dads into slave labor:
Richmond jail inmates could be helping the city clean up blight soon.

The City Council last night approved a plan to have nonviolent inmate volunteers work to repair code violations that property owners refuse to fix, ranging from fixing broken windows to clearing away piles of trash to mowing overgrown grass.

The sheriff's office expects about five to eight low-risk inmates - mainly men in jail for failing to pay child support - to do the work, said Capt. Gary Sink. The volunteers would be paid $10 to $20 a week, or have a chance to earn "good-time" credit to reduce their stay in jail. ...

"I think it's a great idea," said Councilwoman Kathy C. Graziano.
I have a better idea. Let them out of jail so they can work to support their families.

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