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Federal prison workers stressed, taking second jobs as they work without pay

Corrections officer and union leader John Zumkehr stands in front of the entrance to the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex holding a picket sign. Workers here are going without a paycheck during the partial government shutdown.
Corrections officer and union leader John Zumkehr stands in front of the entrance to the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex holding a picket sign. Workers here are going without a paycheck during the partial government shutdown.
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One of the groups who won’t be getting a paycheck this week are federal prison workers. At a federal prison in Victorville, corrections officers say moral is low.

To make ends meet, some guards across the state are taking drastic measures - like getting a second job.