It is common for some prisoners to work while incarcerated. There is not a mandate on how much the prisoners can earn during this time. This bill would require those individuals be paid minimum wage for their hours.
Corporations would be subject to payment no less than the federal mandate.
“The corporation shall pay wages at the federal minimum 17 wage rate to inmates who are used for labor in the prison industry 18 programs. This subsection shall not apply to inmates who are 19 participants in the Prison Industry Enhancement Program.”
The bill was authored by Rep. Banks and if passed it would take effect on July 1, 2020.