Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Inmate labor in Georgia is saving local governments millions of dollars. And it's giving prisoners purpose and direction.
But does is take jobs from free, unemployed Americans?
In some states, inmates never leave prison grounds for any reason. This is not true for many Georgia inmates, as thousands are utilized as free labor.
These individuals work in mechanics, construction, and many other fields. While many of the inmates already possess these skills, others learn as apprentices. "It might spark an interest in them and they'll move on down the road, when they get out to try to pursue something a little bit further on that," said Thomas County Prison Warden Robert Geer.
The big question is are these inmates taking jobs away from the public sector? Geer says that is not the case. "We're really not in competition with that aspect. The county takes care of its county buildings and its equipment."
Five years ago, Thomas County conducted a study using a formula from the Association of County Commissioners.
The results showed each inmate saves the county about $23,000 to $27,000. "Your looking at about a 4.5 almost 5 mil increase in property taxes to pay for that and that's a pretty significant saving," said Geer.
We asked the Georgia Department of Labor if the inmate workforce takes jobs away from unemployed Americans. "The goal is to gain employment and to not so much focus on things that are not positive. Our goal is to focus on what's available," said Thomasville Manager Cynthia Drayton.
Drayton says those individuals who are really aggressive and assertive about gaining employment will take anything that will allow them to work immediately.
Drayton says they currently have 58 job openings in the area.