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What Do You Think?

April 20, 2010

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Do you think municipalities should accept Maryland prison officials' offer to provide free inmate labor to undertake certain tasks?

Poll results:

Yes: 672 votes (88 percent)

No: 93 votes (12 percent)




"Yeah, let them work. Washington County prison inmates have grown crops, built houses, cleaned roads and done many more tasks in years past, so why not require them to work. I'd rather hire prison labor vs. illegal labor, which is a double drain on the economy."

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"They have done jobs such as cleaning roadsides and other outside work. The only thing that I would have a problem with is putting them in areas with the general public, such as office buildings, hospitals, etc., with the chance of trouble happening."

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"Wonderful idea. ... Most prisoners could pay for their crimes by being productive and actually doing something other than sitting in a cell rotting away. Why not transfer more services to the prison system? Certainly there are enough white-collar prisoners who could do just as good a job as anyone else and certainly more than just picking up trash along the highways."

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"Of course. This should have never stopped. Inmates are a huge drain on our society in many ways, especially financially. I think doing enough work to pay for their burden on the taxpayer should be a condition for parole."

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"As long as common sense is used in what they are entrusted to do. Read a story a while back about inmates compiling personal data, including Social Security numbers from paperwork they were given to do, and then selling the information to identity theft rings. Good idea as long as good sense is used."

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"Yes. It's a good idea for less violent prisoners and will save money and perhaps keep down debt."

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"If the risk managers and county attorneys convince the commissioners to give up on their very good idea to demolish the Trego Road train station, then, as I wrote before, let the prisoners do it. Fresh air, sunshine, constructive (even though demolition) labor - if I were a prisoner, I would sign up for the outing."

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