California May Increase Wages Of Prisoners

California inmates may soon be earning more money for their work. The state Senate Appropriations Committee passed a resolution Tuesday that would increase the wages of prisoners. The Legislature reports that nearly 43,000 prison inmates work up to 40 hours a week, earning anywhere from $0.08 per hour to $3.90 per day in a variety of jobs ranging from electricians, carpenters, cooks, orderlies, fire crew members, braille transcribers, and silkscreen printers. Supporters of the resolution say the wage increase could help inmates pay child support and save money.