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Federal Prisoners Get Paid, While Guards Don’t

Meanwhile we have this from the CBS Cleveland affiliate, WOIO:

While prison guards are working without pay, inmates still get paid

October 04, 2013

OXFORD, WI (WITI/CNN) – One of the more frustrating effects of the government shutdown is on display at a federal prison. Guards are still reporting to work, but until the shutdown is resolved, their paychecks are on hold.

In an odd twist, inmates who perform duties in the prison are still getting paid.

"A lot of us are concerned about how we’re going to come into work next week … and how are we going to pay our bills," Union President Dave Dauman said…

Dauman’s union represents 300 federal prison guards in Oxford, 150 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

"We are what they consider exempted employees, and those employees have to come to work," he said. "So we have to come to work, and we are not getting paid until the government passes a budget."

Of course, they will get paid. Just like they always have in the 17 previous shutdowns.

"We supervise inmates who perform duties within the institution, and those inmates at this point are getting paid," Dauman said. "They do get paid out of a little different funding. It still falls under the Bureau of Prisons budget." …


This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Federal Prisoners Get Paid, While Guards Don’t”

  1. yadayada says:

    Nero will always find a way to funnel money to his criminal pals.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    My head just exploded

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    What they aren’t telling you is how much the inmates earn.

    From the FOB:

    Sentenced inmates are required to work if they are medically able. Institution work assignments include employment in areas like food service or the warehouse, or work as an inmate orderly, plumber, painter, or groundskeeper. Inmates earn 12¢ to 40¢ per hour for these work assignments.

    Approximately 16% of work-eligible inmates work in Federal Prison Industries (FPI) factories. They gain marketable job skills while working in factory operations, such as metals, furniture, electronics, textiles, and graphic arts. FPI work assignments pay from 23¢ to $1.15 per hour. A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate is required for all work assignments above entry level (lowest pay level) in either institution or FPI jobs.

    That’s not exactly the thousands of dollars the guards and administrators earn, not to mention the $230 a month they receive if they ride the bus to work.
    Fedearl Prisons Employees Salary & Benefits

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