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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Local inmates clean up county, save taxpayers money

Jail inmates in Alachua County saved local taxpayers more than $4,000 in December.

Instead of hiring companies to provide handiwork services around the county, the inmates worked 340 hours and saved the county $4,450.60.

From January through November, the inmate squads performed 6,038 hours of labor saving a total amount of $79,037.42 in tax dollars for those months, according to a news release from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Since the inmate projects began in October of 2007, the county has saved a total $92,356.50.

In December the inmates cut trees and brush and removed debris at the Gainesville Regional Airport.

They also painted and cleaned the inmate holding area in the Criminal Justice Courthouse, cleaned the firing ranges and removed debris from the Santa Fe College Institute for Public Safety.

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