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State prisons wisely using inmate labor to help during pandemic

Synopsis: Washington state’s Department of Corrections is producing protective gowns to help fill the nationwide shortage for this necessary medical supply. The DOC’s Correctional Industries has developed an approved prototype. Once the gown production gets up to full speed and expands to other prisons, it’s estimated 5,000 to 6,000 gowns per day will be produced by 160 inmates and a dozen DOC staff members.



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