Law: Jailhouse Bread

Not-quite-free enterprise

The 36 food banks that provide free food for the poor in and around Seattle had a shortage of bread last summer. Meanwhile, Seattle's King County jail had a shortage of wholesome prisoner activities. Putting those two ingredients together, unusually enterprising county bureaucrats came up with a neat solution: take a group of idle inmates, provide training and let them bake bread. The result has been a fast-rising success. Since the start- up last month, the bakery has attracted 25 prisoners, who now turn out 430 loaves daily. The bread, which is...