Grady County Cutting Costs With Inmate Labor

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young says costs can soar for both building materials and labor costs.

Now, he's using a willing work crew to save big.

Says Sheriff Young, "It gets very expensive. We've got inmates that are volunteers that come out and help ... save the county at least $100,000 just on things that we've maintained."

Young says inmate crews clean the sheriff's office daily.

He says they also pick up trash on the road as well as repair and paint county buildings.

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  • by let em work ! Location: s on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    we have 100,000 inmates in florida doing nothing. let em work !
  • by Sherry Location: wewa on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Why not let them work. We are paying for their room and board. Let them earn it! Also, this should have started a long time ago. Ok other counties step up and start to work force for criminals.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 8, 2011 at 04:07 AM
    You're right, grady, I've never been in jail. But I've certainly paid for those who have, and it sounds as if you might have first hand experience. If you are forced to work hard labor in jail and don't like it, don't commit a crime to be sent there. And if you are, maybe, just maybe, some hard work will sweat your larcenous streak out of you.
  • by grady Location: tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    wonderful insight from two people who have obviously never been in jail. why dont you just wait untii you can comment on something you actually know something about? oh, wait a minute, that would be forever.
  • by dave Location: Cairo on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    They shouldn't let them volunteer. They all need to be out there with a pair o scissors to cut grass and a tooth brush to sweep with.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    All inmates should be doing the same thing. Anyone incarcerated should be out picking up trash along roads, cutting trees back, and doing constructive work for the taxpayers instead of being a bump on a log and an expensive bump at that.
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