Kristi Noem used prison workers to build a $ 9,000 desk with a gun and then received a discount


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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem seems to have found the perfect use of state prison labor. That is, make a $ 9,000 black walnut wooden desk and then get a discount.

That is the central claim Dakota News Now SurveyFinds the support of the South Dakota State Prison Gnome, which conflicts with the work commissioned by the prison workshop Pheasantland Industries.

After the first investigation last year, Nome commissioned Pheasantland in April to commission an 80-inch long, 3-foot-wide black walnut desk. This allows prisoners to learn to trade for 50 cents an hour. An order from the governor’s office required a basic desk notch.

Later, Nome wanted a change, according to the unnamed correction source quoted by Dakota New Now. She ordered an expansion from 80 inches to over 100 to accommodate another person and was forced to redesign the desk. She later requested other features such as brass embossing, top condition map, footrests, and gun holders.

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Several other inclusions were added and hidden by prisoners, according to media sources. Etched signatures of those who worked at the desk and prison chief Noem were fired.Gnome Pheasantland Director Stephanie Boweck fired I’m not sure if she was an inscribed name last month.

Pheasantland added a total of $ 9,000 to the final build, but the Interim Amendment Secretary reportedly ordered a discount on the bill. It cost a $ 3,000 to a prison workshop, and Dakota News Now reported that as a result, some prisoners’ jobs were changed from paid hours to unspecified “training hours.” According to the outlet, Pheasantland paid $ 8.20 per foot for a black walnut board, but after the discount, the gnome cost dropped to $ 2.02.

Gnome spokesman Ian Fury Told the Associated Press The initial cost of the desk was between $ 5,000 and $ 6,000, and the gnome refused to receive the discount. He argued that the gnome would pay the full amount himself when he received the final invoice, and the taxpayer would not submit the invoice.

“She wanted a new desk,” he said, adding that the spectacular work might reach her official office.

The desk was an unnecessary purchase for Democratic Senator Troy Heinert, he told Dakota News. “It’s annoying that the governor needs a $ 9,000 desk when quite a few people in South Dakota don’t have a $ 9,000 car.”

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