Controversy over pay for prisoners on roofing job in Michigan

The disagreement was over whether the prisoners should have been paid prevailing wage for their brief time on the job because the project was paid for with a U.S. Department of Energy grant.

February 08, 2012 |

A program for prison inmates in Michigan who might be interested in joining an apprenticeship roofing program after they get out of jail led to a standoff between Sheriff Robert Pickell and other county officials.

The disagreement was over whether the prisoners should have been paid prevailing wage for their brief time on the job because the project was paid for with a U.S. Department of Energy grant.

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