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As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

Meghen Yeadon, a recruiter for Stoughton, found part of the solution: a Wisconsin Department of Corrections work-release program for minimum-security inmates.Continue reading the main storyWork-release programs have often been criticized for exploiting inmates by forcing them to work grueling jobs for pay that is often well below minimum wage. But the Wisconsin program is voluntary, and inmates are paid market wages. State officials say the program gives inmates a chance to build up some savings, learn vocational skills and prepare for life after prison.Ms. Yeadon initially encountered skepticism from supervisors […]

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

Meghen Yeadon, a recruiter for Stoughton, found part of the solution: a Wisconsin Department of Corrections work-release program for minimum-security inmates.Continue reading the main storyWork-release programs have often been criticized for exploiting inmates by forcing them to work grueling jobs for pay that is often well below minimum wage. But the Wisconsin program is voluntary, and inmates are paid market wages. State officials say the program gives inmates a chance to build up some savings, learn vocational skills and prepare for life after prison.Ms. Yeadon initially encountered skepticism from supervisors […]