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Inmate work detail saves counties money

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Many local governments are taking advantage of a free workforce to save money these days.

Some area jails and prisons are using more inmates for janitorial, maintenance, and even volunteer firefighting jobs.

Lee County officials say more inmates are volunteering for work details than they have jobs for. And that's a good thing.

"I think it's a great program for everyone concerned," say Lee County Commission Vice Chairman Rick Muggridge. 

"I that people who get a full day's work in are a little easier to manage. I think people who get a full days work in are probably happier. And certainly we're all about providing all the services we possibly can at the absolute minimal cost to provide them."

Officials say only well-behaved, low-risk inmates are used for work detail jobs and correctional officers must undergo extra training to supervise them.

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