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Creating a 40-Hour Work Week for Incarcerated Individuals

by Rachel Laser and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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For most incarcerated people, their time spent behind bars is largely unproductive. The 40-Hour Work Week program would replace idleness with productivity during incarceration, by requiring that each participant in the program spend 40 hours on self-improvement each week.