"The prisoners are coming out of their cells and taking our work," said council Vice President Orphy Klempa. "They are coming out and taking jobs away from tax-paying citizens of this county. We take offense -- strongly when we have the skilled people. We would appreciate the opportunity to build these projects."
School Board president Michael DeRosa countered that prison labor is only used on projects when funding is otherwise not available. "We don't want to rely on [prison labor]," he said. "We would love to build all new facilities, and that would put a lot of people to work for a long time."
Klempa said he doesn't believe funding, or lack thereof, should dictate the use of prison labor. "If the prison wasn't there," he pointed out, "you would still find a way to get the job done."
The Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV)
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