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.