Kensley Hawkins

Illinois Inmate Wages
3:18 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Ill. wants to collect inmate's prison wages

(Flickr/neil conway)

The Illinois Supreme Court is considering a case that could determine whether the state can pursue wages earned by prison inmates.

Lawyers presented their arguments Tuesday.

Inmate Kensley Hawkins has saved about $11,000 during his 21 years in prison by squirreling away the income he makes as a furniture assembler. He makes about $75 a month.

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