A 16 passenger van is being sought by the Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory. He is hoping to find a church that may want to sell its van. The van will be used to transport five inmates during the work week to the state highway department.
“Cost of the van will come from the canteen fund at the jail,” said Gregory. “Not the taxpayers.”
A jail commissary or canteen is a store within a correctional facility, from which inmates may purchase products such as hygiene items, snacks, writing instruments, etc. The funds generated from the canteen are used by the jail for improvements.
The van is needed as part of a new contract that was passed by the fiscal court last week, which soon will be signed between the state and county allowing five inmates out on the work release program to the state.
The Logan County Detention Center has a thriving work release program. Many eligible inmates are allowed to go out into the community to offer free help to non-profits, cities and special events. Only inmates who have been sentenced on no-violent crimes are allowed to participate in the work release program. Inmates must return to jail custody at the end of each workday. Local non-profits to utilize the program are the Logan County Humane Society, Logan County Good Samaritan and the Logan County Concerned Citizens. The City of Russellville has used inmates for mowing, painting, hanging decorations, etc.
“This is a win-win for the county,” said Gregory and judge executive Logan Chick. “The inmates will be able to get out of the jail and contribute to the community without it costing the county anything,” Gregory said.
A new deputy position will be created to monitor the inmates. Gregory will advertise the position internally and if no applicable person is found he will go outside the jail to find one.
Magistrate Dickie Carter congratulated Gregory at a previous fiscal court meeting for a job well done in organizing the canteen fund and using it for the jail.
He has already purchased one vehicle out of that fund and is now going to use it to purchase another. This hasn’t been done in the past,” said Carter. who was really appreciative.
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