Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy to be a prison town? | Statesman Journal |

… By many measures, Salem reaps benefits from stable prison jobs and spinoff work for area businesses — nearly 200 of which provide supplies and services for the lockups. "Let's face it: Salem can sort of whine about being the penal colony but the other side of that is that it benefits from hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of family-wage jobs and that economic influx of cash," said Mary Botkin, public-safety lobbyist for the Oregon branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest union representing prison employees.

Happy to be a prison town? Statesman Journal

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