County jail in Texas scales back work crew program

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM

ABILENE, Texas (AP) -- A county jail in West Texas is scaling back its inmate work crew program for non-violent offenders.

Taylor County officials say that unlike previous generations, today's inmates just don't want to do manual labor. Or they need training before they can operate a chain saw or weed trimmer.

Sheriff Les Bruce says the days are over when inmates would be jailed for a few months and want to work to reduce their time.

He says inmates also are serving shorter sentences, or they're being transferred to state prisons faster than in the past. That means fewer inmates qualify for work crew duties.

The program is a cost-saving way for the county to have routine maintenance done. Crews also trim trees and bushes and pick up trash.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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