CARSON CITY — An inmate was able to save $10,000 working in the state prison industries program and buy his own tools.
Another prisoner saved enough to put a down payment on a home in Arizona when he was released.
Howard Skolnik, director of the state Department of Corrections, said these cases are exceptions and not the rule.
The inmate who saved $10,000 has been in for a long time and is still serving time in one of the prisons in Clark County.
At one time, Skolnik said, Nevada had one of the highest-paying industrial programs in the nation. But the slump in the economy has hit the prison work force.
Brian Connett, deputy director in charge of the industrial programs, said the number of inmates working in the programs dropped from 630 in June 2009 to 474 this June.
Connett said jobs were lost in a number of industries when companies pulled out or downsized their ope
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