Company hires more Airway Heights prisoners

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 11:07 AM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- A company that puts prisoners to work recently took over more responsibility in Airway Heights.

Correctional Industries took over handling the prison store at Airway Heights Corrections Center, a move that will employee an additional 80 inmates. The jobs range from taking orders to packing supplies at the store where inmates can get anything from a candy bar to a toothbrush.
 
The company employs 1500 inmates in Washington; 500 of those are incarcerated at Airway Heights.

Sean Greene is benefiting from the new jobs. He said the program has allowed him to pay off legal bills and other financial obligations he never thought he could.

“This is a nice opportunity to put money aside for a release plan,” Greene said.

The company said 6% of its employees are less likely to go back to jail after their release.

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