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Maine's governor trades prison time for jobs

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Maine's Governor Paul LePage commuted the prison sentences of 17 male inmates last week, but with one catch: they have to find a job or enroll in some sort of job training, per NYT.

Although adding just 17 employees to the workforce may not seem a significant number, it could ring louder as a unique strategy to solving the state's scarcity of workers. "The tourist industry is struggling, can't find enough workers," LePage said on Tuesday during a local radio interview. "We are looking at every corner of the state to try to put people back to work. That's what the commutation program's all about."