Prison Protest

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Some eleven-hundred prison inmates in Sterling remain under lockdown today amid a protest over reduced stipends.

Three shifts of kitchen workers began refusing to report for work at the Sterling Correctional Facility at three a-m Tuesday.

The start of a new fiscal year July First meant stipends of just 60 cents a day for inmates used to earning an average of 85 cents. Inmates who don't work get a daily stipend of 23 cents a day.

The inmates use the money to pay for personal hygiene items, restitution and child support.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Alison Morgan says no vandalism has been reported at the prison.

Morgan calls the protest a safety concern that's under control.