Saturday, April 30, 2011

More on the Prison Guards

By Ellen Cushing
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Those still interested in the ever-evolving clusterfuck that is California's relationship with its prison guards should check out the opinion section of today's Wall Street Journal, in which writer Allysia Finley takes the analogically-tenuous-but-rhetorically-interesting tack of comparing the value of a Harvard degree with that of a guard job in one of the state's prisons:

Roughly 2,000 students have to decide by Sunday whether to accept a spot at Harvard. Here's some advice: Forget Harvard. If you want to earn big bucks and retire young, you're better off becoming a California prison guard.

The job might not sound glamorous, but a brochure from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations boasts that it "has been called 'the greatest entry-level job in California'—and for good reason. Our officers earn a great salary, and a retirement package you just can't find in private industry. We even pay you to attend our academy." That's right—instead of paying more than $200,000 to attend Harvard, you could earn $3,050 a month at cadet academy.

Read the whole thing here.

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