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Prisoners used to shovel snow-bound US capital

Yeah, I know, it's SADH (Stelaing A Drudge Headline), but this is such a sign of the times:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US capital paid prison inmates to shovel sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops after the biggest December blizzard in the city's history, the Department of Corrections said Thursday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100101/od_afp/usweathersnowpri...



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I bet there is a contractor in DC that could have really used that money to buy equipment and hire new employees, but hey, why pay a fair share when inmates will work for pennies just to go outside.