Bay Co. Using State Prisoners for Labor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Inmates from a state prison in the Panhandle will soon be cutting grass and doing other lawn work for Bay County's wastewater division.

Thanks to a one-year contract between Bay County and the Florida Department of Corrections, a crew of up to six inmates will begin working four days a week starting June 18.

The inmates will primarily be doing lawn maintenance. The county will pay for a corrections officer to oversee the inmates at a cost of $58,004 in salary, benefits and equipment. The total contract is $64,765.

Only inmates who have been sentenced can do the work. And, inmates must be considered low-risk enough to be allowed outside the prison.

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