Fresno City to use Prison LaborSan Francisco Bay Area 19 Aug 2005 17:07 GMT
On August 16, 2005, The County of Fresno entered into a contract with the City of Fresno to provide for the beautification of city-owned buildings and grounds. As part of this agreement, 50 County jail inmates will be used to pick up trash and litter, remove weeds and dead brush, care for medians, and provide landscape maintenance. No money will be exchanged between the City and the County and everyone asked to comment on this relationship believes this to be a win-win situation. "Everybody benefits" is the word around the halls of government. John Crockford, co-chair of the Fresno County Peace and Freedom Party, believes the absence of discussion of labor in situations like this is indicative of the contempt our elected representatives have for working people. "The County jail inmates who work to produce a cleaner Fresno deserve the respect and dignity due all workers. Indeed, they deserve the respect and dignity due all people, regardless of their position in society." Full report here.