According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the city of North Lauderdale is in discussion with the Broward Sheriff’s Office about a contract that would put inmates to work for the city. The Vice Mayor suggested that inmates could trim and plant trees, clean up litter, or repaint city walls and electrical boxes covered with graffiti.
Lauderdale Lakes uses inmate work crews for specific projects like painting the Sheriff’s Office substation. But if North Lauderdale reaches an agreement with the Sheriff’s Office it will become one of only two Florida cities that use inmates as full-time laborers.
In Dania Beach, crews of five to six inmates who have been convicted of non-violent crimes like possession of marijuana, trespassing, or shoplifting work on projects like pouring cement and digging ditches. That program is considered a success because the inmates are soon due for release and don’t try to escape. It also saves the city thousands of dollars.
Broward Jail inmates might be put to work, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 29, 2009
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