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Prisoners Won't Take Company's Military Contract

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Workers at a Campbellsville factory that makes T-shirts for U.S. soldiers won't have to fear losing their jobs to prisoners.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he has received notification that Federal Prison Industries won't bid on the military contract now held by Campbellsville Apparel.

McConnell called that  "another great victory'' for Kentucky workers.

Campbellsville Apparel Co. President Chris Reynolds was the most recent Kentucky businessman to express fears that Federal Prison Industries might take over a military contract to make T-shirts for U.S. soldiers. His firm has held that contract for the past decade.

Reynolds said it's difficult for private companies to compete for contracts with the Federal Prison Industries, which pays inmates 23 cents to $1.15 an hour.