A group of ten women from the Pueblo medium security prison has begun a trial program working on local farms.
The idea is to replace the need for immigrant workers.
State Representative Dorothy Butcher proposed using prison workers last year.
The women, from the La Vista Prison, are working several farms near Avondale. The farmers are paying the Department of Corrections paid $9.60 an hour, almost three dollars more than minimum wage paid to most immigrant workers.
The women will get 60 cents an hour.