CALIFORNIA IN BRIEF : SACRAMENTO : Prison Labor Issue Qualifies
Gov. George Deukmejian said more than enough voter signatures have been collected to qualify his prison labor initiative for the November ballot. In part, the proposal would amend the state Constitution to enable convict volunteers to work at private enterprise jobs to help pay their board and room and make restitution to victims. Organized labor is opposed, contending that the measure would provide employers with a “captive labor” force that would unfairly compete with free workers for jobs.