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Alabama house passes a bill allowing prisoners to work

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

State prisoners could soon be working for companies throughout Alabama. The house approved a bill that would allow Alabama prisons to contract with outside companies.

The bill still has to go up for review before Governor Bentley to be signed into law.

Sponsor of the bill, Representative Jim McClendon of Springville said the money prisoners earn will help pay for their court costs, restitution and fines. The inmate would receive some of the money when released from prison.

Some members of the Black Caucus are in opposition of the bill. They've complained that the inmates would be mostly used for slave labor and that it would be taking jobs away from Alabama residents who are not in prison.

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