Lawmakers seek to raise minimum wage for inmates

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Inmates serving in New York could see a pay raise after Democratic legislators introduced a new bill on Wednesday.

The law would increase the inmate minimum wage to $3, as some inmates make anywhere from 10 cents to $1.14 while doing maintenance, cleaning, and other odd-jobs while incarcerated.

“Incarcerated people are human beings. They deserve to be treated with dignity and to share in the fruits of their labor,” said Sen. Zellnor Myrie, the chairman of the Senate Elections Committee. “The fact that New York’s incarcerated people contribute tens of millions of dollars in revenue to the state and haven’t gotten a pay increase in more than a quarter century is unacceptable, and this legislation will change that. Justice for incarcerated people in New York is overdue.”

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