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New Hanover Co. Sheriff using inmate labor to cut costs

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Jail inmates were behind another type of bars Friday morning, helping out the Sheriff's Animal Services Unit.

The inmates lent their skills with a brush by giving the kennels at Animal Control a fresh coat of paint. The Sheriff's Office estimates it will save $3,000-4,000.

"It's good. It has the inmates come out and get a little exercise by painting, and we reap the benefits of not having to hire an outside contractor," Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

The Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out more ways it can utilize inmate labor to save costs, such as work at the jail and other county buildings.

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Why not

expand these initiatives into every county?

And then, why not require inhabitants of public housing to step in and put 40 hours per week into maintaining the properties and grounds?

That would give them some sense of self worth and open up Public Housing dollars for better use.

And then require Food Stamp recipients to work in food bank facilities or charitable food kitchens?

Then take away the free cell phones. Let those who need them go to Social Services and secure a refurbished cell phone which allows the user to call for emergency services such as fire, medical or police. If the purpoise of the program is to provide emergency communications, that can be done at no charge. Why do they need 400 minutes and voice mail for emergency communciations?

Small efforts across the Board will lead to significant savings.

GOOD JOB. THIS GIVES THE

GOOD JOB. THIS GIVES THE INMATES A CHANCE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, GIVE THEM A SENSE OF SELF ESTEEM AND HELPS THE ANIMALS HAVE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR THE THANKLESS TASK OF PICKING UP TRASH ON THE HIGHWAYS.ALMOST AS FAST AS THEY PICK IT UP, THE LITTER BUGS THROW IT OUT AGAIN. LITTER LAWS SHOULD BE INFORCED. WE HAVE GOOD DNA NOW.

Now THAT'S a wise use of labor...

we taxpayers are paying for. I'm betting if you asked County staff, they'd recommend hiring a consultant to come up with ideas of how to use inmate labor...at a cost of $50k for the consultant. Or...why not take a look at work currently being done by outside contractors and determine whether inmate labor could be used.

It is about time! The city

It is about time! The city and county are finally doing something smart.

Just the county

It was only the county using the inmates, the city is still trying to figure out how to spend more money.

GOOD

Glad to see this happening,now lets get some other things taken care of as well.Ditches need cleaning all over New Hanover as well, trash needs picking up,down the roads,winter comming the elderly could use some fire wood chopped and stacked.Sidewalks down town need to be cleaned as well as some of the goverment buildings need spurcing up with paint.These are just a few.They really need to bring back the pea farm,then they could help feed themselves as well.