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Letter: Why not let inmates work off sentences on farms?
First Published Mar 26 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 26 2014 02:48 pm

I read with interest the article by Lee Davidson, "Utah farmers: Study shows immigration reform needed," Tribune, March 18.

What if farmers could get free legal labor? What if they could simply log on to an easy-to-use website or call an 800 number and order "X" number of legal workers for "X" number of days?

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Right now, we have more than 2 million people behind bars in this country. Many are non-violent and could be given the opportunity to work off their sentences. The only cost to farmers would be the salary for one to two guards trained in quality control.

Prisoners serving less time would save taxpayers health care and incarceration costs. It would also free up more space in our overcrowded jails and prisons.

This may not solve 100 percent of the problem, but it could be a workable option. Another good option, since we are in the 21st century, would be to make it easy and affordable to mechanize everywhere that’s feasibly possible.

Keep it simple, keep it easy and keep it cheap.

Susan Rounds


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