Prisoners craft governor's conference...

Prisoners craft governor's conference table

There are 134 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 18, 2007, titled Prisoners craft governor's conference table. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Gov. Mitch Daniels Tuesday unveiled an elaborate wooden conference table constructed, inlaid and carved by eight inmates and staff at the Westville Correctional Facility in LaPorte County.

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Carmel Mom

Dayton, OH

#1 Jul 18, 2007
Wow, that's amazing. Great job and way to give the inmates something to be proud of.

United States

#2 Jul 18, 2007

Fort Wayne, IN

#3 Jul 18, 2007
I guess Indiana can compete with China's prision labor.

Louisville, KY

#4 Jul 18, 2007
This is a testament that good things can come from the Indiana prison system. These guys put their time in prison to good use to create something that will be admired by Hoosiers for years to come. A table like this would easily cost $20,000 if it were commissioned, and it cost the state only $625. What a great story!

“Don't be a Hater”

Since: Jun 07


#5 Jul 18, 2007
The J Man

Fishers, IN

#6 Jul 18, 2007
So I know it's a medium security facility, but they let these guys use band saws?
Nice One

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 18, 2007
Wow! That's a nice table! Very nice work. Can I have one since I help house you too? I sure could use a nice coffee and a couple end tables for my living room. Preferably modern style look made out of dark mahogany. I think by now my tax dollars have paid for the set. So lets talk!
Nice table

Pittsboro, IN

#8 Jul 18, 2007
Well done Maybe they should make things and sale to help fund the prisions

Carmel, IN

#9 Jul 18, 2007
Bad timing on the gov's part...who care about this new table...move on to TAXES.
Not PC in Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jul 18, 2007
Great job gentlemen! Can they offer this service to the public?
Words of Wisdom

Marysville, OH

#11 Jul 18, 2007
Nice work!.The facility ought to take orders for more. I'll bet many businesses would be proud to have one in their conference room.
ECE Grad

Fort Wayne, IN

#12 Jul 18, 2007
Gulag wrote:
I guess Indiana can compete with China's prision labor.
Prison labor isn't even new in the states.

Fort Thomas, KY

#13 Jul 18, 2007
I thought they were supposed to be busting up rocks.

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jul 18, 2007

19375 < debt owed to society.

Keep working cons

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Jul 18, 2007
This is a good story. I welcome more of the same.

I have to admit I am (pleasantly) surprised that there aren't at least a few really negative comments.....yet.

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 18, 2007
Wow, that is absolutely stunning. I'm usually a harsh critic of prisons and the time that inmates should serve, but these guys need some time off for making something so amazing.
Nice One

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jul 18, 2007
Maybe the state should expand the program to teach inmates a trade such as masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, interior finishing, roofing, road construction and so forth and earn qualification certificates. This way when they get out they truly have something to start a new life with. Plus we could use them to help build new prisons, state facilities and repair state roadways. Saving millions in tax dollars and cutting down our property tax.
4 Petes Sake

Bridgeport, WV

#18 Jul 18, 2007
Hope they built pretty big drawers for all of our tax checks.

Memphis, TN

#19 Jul 18, 2007
Yep, turn them loose and they will do whatever got them in there in the first place.
Brian P

Bowling Green, KY

#20 Jul 18, 2007
Yeah way to go! Have the government take business from a private sector. The furniture industry has been fighting state governments for years over this issue. Do you think they would be allowed to make cars? This isn't only one table, prisons have been making office type furniture for years and the local companies (the 3 largest are in the midwest with a smaller Kimball Office in Indiana)have been paying taxes to subsidize prisons who then become there competitors. Yes, good job guys, i hope the state uses free labor to compete in whatever line of business you are in.

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