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Inmates Recieve Pay During Shutdown
MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (NBC) A federal prison in Kentucky is continuing to pay its inmates for jobs. However, guards are not getting a paycheck due to the government shutdown.
Don Peace is one of around 350 employees at the maximum security federal prison in Mccreary County, Kentucky that is required to show up for work during the shutdown with no paycheck.
Were working for an IOU, basically, said Peace, You know, weve got to protect society. We just cannot come to work. Weve got to have someone here to take care of these inmates.
This prison is home to some of the most dangerous criminals in the world varying from murderers to Somalian pirates. But Peace said that the ongoing pay for prisoners who do labor like cleaning and cooking is not a big concern for employees because inmate pay is minimal at best, ranging from $0.12 to $0.40 an hour.
But for as long as the government is shutdown lasts, Peace said that the workers will continue showing up to keep the prison safe, even with no financial security beyond an IOU.
The Senate and the House are expected to vote on a deal to that will reopen the government Wednesday evening.