Federal prisoners in court looking for pay raise
MONTREAL — Federal inmates say they want to be paid more and are hoping a court ruling will force the government’s hand on the matter. Lawyers representing inmates are arguing in Federal Court in Montreal that charter rights are being infringed by government policies. The salary paid to convicts who work has been frozen since it was introduced in 1981. Currently, they are paid a maximum of $6.90 a day. In 2005, the government ignored a recommendation by the Office of the Correctional Investigator to raise the salaries.