Some of the state inmates at the Logan County Detention Center may be getting out during the day soon to work along side the state’s road department. This is a win, win for the county, said judge executive Logan Chick.
Last week jailer Phil Gregory approached the fiscal court with the idea. Gregory had been in contact with the state department located on Hwy. 431 South about utilizing the work release program. The jail has had a thriving work release program for years, and now with the growing state population at the jail, there are enough inmates to go around.
Some of the inmates in the work release program go out and help the city of Russellville in its parks, cemetery and street departments. Logan County uses them as well during the festivals for clean up. They go to the Logan County Humane Society too. The Concerned Citizens use them, as do many other agencies including recycling and litter abatement.
“It’s good for the inmates to get out and contribute to the community,” said Gregory. “It gives them a sense of pride and responsibility.”
The inmates that are allowed to get out on work release are not incarcerated for dangerous or violent crimes.
Magistrates thought the idea was a good one to add the state road department to the list of inmate labor, however, they wanted county attorney Joe Ross to look at a contract before making the decision.
If allowed, five inmates would go out during the week on a daily basis to work with the state department. On days where the weather is bad, they would still come out and would be utilized inside. A new deputy position will have to be approved and paid for by the state to monitor the inmates. The program would cost the county nothing, but it would have to supply a van to transport the inmates.
“I think this would be a great way to utilize the inmates who are approved to go out on work release,” said Gregory. “This help would not cost us anything and would generate a great deal of service. It’s really a win, win for all involved.”
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