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Prisoners get paid during shutdown, guards do without

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Federal prison employees in North Texas and around the country won't be getting paid this week, but inmates will.

Employees at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville were among those ordered to work during the government shutdown without pay to "protect human life and property."

But the inmates who work jobs inside the prison will get paid because their salary comes from a trust fund that is not affected by the problems in Washington.

To add insult to injury, some guards said the inmates have teased them about the unfair situation. People who have violated the law are not affected by the shutdown, but the people trusted to keep the public safe are.

Employees said they have had to call their creditors to make special arrangements because they don't know when their next paycheck will come.

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