Alabama considers prisoners in place of immigrant laborers

New law passed, many immigrant workers fled the state

The new immigration law in Alabama may have sent a lot of immigrant workers packing, and the state’s farmers fear that come planting season next year they will be short on help.

But agricultural officials are considering taking a page from Stephen King’s epic novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by tapping into Alabama’s prisoner population to get the job done. 


Cathleen Flahardy

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