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Inmate labor saves county $24,000

Inmate labor saved Pulaski County nearly $24,000 during the past eight months, Code Enforcement officer Jamie Ratcliffe told county leaders Monday.
This past March, the county started using supervised inmates to do various jobs throughout the county.
Since that time, inmates have logged 3,376 hours of work for the county.
At a rate of $7 per hour, Ratcliffe said that translates into a savings of $23,632.
However, he noted, the savings were actually more because the inmates who did the work were qualified to do skilled labor jobs that would have cost the county more than $7 per hour.
County properties where inmates did work included the library, health department, Randolph Park, the courthouse, the former Renfro building and the new commonwealth’s attorney’s building.
In between jobs at these buildings, the inmates also worked to clean trash from county roads.
“The bottom line is there was a savings to the county” by using inmate labor, Ratcliffe said.“These guys did a really good job. I hope they do as well when they get out (of jail).”

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Inmate labor saves county $24,000

Inmate labor saved Pulaski County nearly $24,000 during the past eight months, Code Enforcement officer Jamie Ratcliffe told county leaders Monday.
This past March, the county started using supervised inmates to do various jobs throughout the county.
Since that time, inmates have logged 3,376 hours of work for the county.
At a rate of $7 per hour, Ratcliffe said that translates into a savings of $23,632.
However, he noted, the savings were actually more because the inmates who did the work were qualified to do skilled labor jobs that would have cost the county more than $7 per hour.
County properties where inmates did work included the library, health department, Randolph Park, the courthouse, the former Renfro building and the new commonwealth’s attorney’s building.
In between jobs at these buildings, the inmates also worked to clean trash from county roads.
“The bottom line is there was a savings to the county” by using inmate labor, Ratcliffe said.“These guys did a really good job. I hope they do as well when they get out (of jail).”

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