Who Built Your Pew? - Word&Way

Who Built Your Pew?


pewsSearching for church furniture, Iowa pastor Steve Klawonn discovered a warehouse that is not a normal for-profit American business. Rather, it is one of nine industrial sites owned by Iowa Prison Industries (IPI), a state-managed enterprise of Iowa’s Department of Corrections.

Every state except Alaska has a prison industry, but Iowa is the only state whose prisoners make pews and pulpits, specifically catering to churches.

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Will Young