Cook County Administrators are putting jail inmates to work in a new way -- by cleaning animal cages at a city shelter in a program that started Monday.
Sixteen minimum-security inmates will clean cages at the center, saving Chicago taxpayers overtime costs incurred by shortages in staff and volunteers. Earlier this summer, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and Chicago City Council signed off on the plan.
Inmates will be paid $4 a day – a little less than $1 an hour, though double the standard rate inmate workers usually receive on jobs at the jail. More PrisonerPal.com True Crime Today Magazine Subscriptions for Prisoners since 1975