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Inmates earn pensions at Fla. jail


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Some inmates earn a pension while they're serving time at the jail in Hillsborough County, Fla.

"Pension contributions were an unintended consequence of a Hillsborough County program, born in the 1970s, that hires inmates into undesirable county jobs, such as ditch digging and roadway cleaning," the St. Petersburg Times says. "The program saved the county $533,000 in 2006, Public Works director Bob Gordon said. It could save even more if the county didn't have to treat the inmate workers as public employees potentially entitled to pensions."

Since 2002, the county has contributed $162,741 to the state's pension fund behalf of inmates on work-release, according to the Times.

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