Trading Illegals for Prisoners

This is something no doubt the blue haired crowd will applaud.

When a federal raid last year depleted most of the Crider poultry plant’s workers, officials quickly sought out replacement employees, finding a steady supply of workers through the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Under an informal, two-page agreement between the plant and the state agency, probationers from the Macon Diversion Center work at the plant packing boxes and processing chickens to pay off probation violation fines and to pay room-and-board charges at the diversion center, which is part-jail, part-halfway house.

I can’t tell you how many older folks talk fondly of the days they drove through South Georgia watching the chain gangs clear fields, etc. Might as well get them in the poultry plans, taking care of the chickens, and doing something useful.

God knows working in a poultry plant will probably put them on the straight and narrow for the rest of their lives.


  1. Donkey Kong says:

    I love it. If our utilitarian goal in prisons is to not only punish them but to turn them into productive members of society, that doesn’t happen by letting them sit around and watch TV all day. Let’s get them out working for the public good, making up at least a fraction of our cost in sending them to prison, and instituting habits of hard work.

  2. David says:

    You are exactly correct Donkey but lets just wait before some union thugs and goons raise hell! Bring back the chain gangs with a vengeance, even the Cool Hand Luke version of going down to the river and digging out the mud for 8 hours then putting it back!

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