Ohio prisoners turn cows into cash, responsibility

Ohio prisoners turn cows into cash, responsibility

Reginald Fields


Once the cows have been beheaded, the workers use power saws to split the animals into halves.

Farther down the assembly line, they use knives sharp enough to stab through cutting boards to carve meat off the bones of the carcasses.

Just a typical, blood-splattered slaughterhouse, where in about two days a cow is reduced to hamburger patties.

Typical until you consider who the workers using these dangerous tools are: Ohio prison inmates serving time for crimes as serious as murder.

“It really is a unique environment. If you think about it, we’re actually handing the inmates weapons every day,” said Warden Jim Erwin of Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient, south of Columbus, where the slaughterhouse is.


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