Prisons: Criminal Charges?

Criminal Charges?

There was something about the scheme that just did not compute. Under a recent contract between the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. prison system, 45 inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lexington, Ky., were set to work entering data from thousands of applications for FHA insurance into a computer. But Beverly Hirsch, 36, who is serving a 40-year sentence for credit-card and check fraud, was surprised to see that some forms carried not only information on applicants' income and debts, but their bank-account and credit-card numbers as well. "The information they were giving me in...

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