Re: Anybody ever work.. prisoners?
From the Gainesville Sun, in Florida:
Originally Posted by Skinner Apiaries
Inmates at the Department of Corrections' Reception and Medical Center participate in a beekeeping demonstration to illustrate a new program Tuesday. The beekeeping program is an inmate re-entry program in conjunction with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. After an inmate completes the program and is released, an immediate job prospect with a commercial beekeeper is available.
The complete article is here:
On Tuesday morning, the inmates all got nearly perfect scores on a beekeeping test that officials said was essentially identical to the final exam given in a for-credit beekeeping course at the University of Florida.Following their test, the inmates demonstrated their skills to a crowd that included an international consultant, one of the largest beekeepers in the nation and some of the top insect specialists in Florida.
In return for their willingness to learn and apply their knowledge, each of the inmates has been promised an opportunity to try out for a job with David Mendes, the largest beekeeper in Florida, who owns more than 15,000 hives. Mendes, of Fort Myers, is also president of the American Beekeeping Federation.
And a press release from the State of Florida about the program:
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