Garment workers could lose jobs to prisoners

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A northeastern Kentucky company that sells as many as 70,000 jackets a year to the Air Force says it will be forced out of business if the federal government goes through with a plan to let federal prisoners do the work.

Ashland Sales and Service President Michael Mansh told The Courier-Journal that he's pushing U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to persuade the Defense Department to reverse course ( ).

The Olive Hill-based company employs 100 people to make Air Force jackets, including ones worn by presidents, on a five-year $20 million contract. Mansh says without the deal, the 50-year-old company would fold.

The Defense Logistics spokeswoman Mimi Schirmacher says no decision has been made on the contract.

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