WHAT TYPES OF JOBS DO PRISONERS HAVE?
The goal of many corrections departments is for all able-bodied prisoners to have jobs. However, there are not always enough jobs to go around.
Inmates typically work in prison-support jobs doing things like cooking, cleaning, doing clerical work, running the laundry, or performing maintenance chores.
On prison units that have agricultural operations, inmates may do field work, raise livestock, or help maintain farm equipment.
Some prisons have manufacturing facilities where inmates make signs or license plates, rebuild computers, make furniture, sew, process food, or do metal fabrication.
EXPERIENCE, NOT PAY
Some states pay prisoners a very low wage for their work, but most states do not pay inmates. Prison jobs help inmates learn job skills and develop a stronger work ethic. Inmates may acquire skills in food preparation, plant operations, warehousing, record keeping, freight transportation, vehicle maintenance, animal husbandry, farming, construction, building maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, welding, and many other occupations.
Prisoners can apply for prison jobs that will help them be better prepared for employment when released. There is usually a certain amount of competition among inmates for the jobs that offer greater opportunity for future employment.