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Sheriff's Office looking for help with prison

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Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:56 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jul 17, 2012 5:56 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: clinton, east feliciana parish, police, jury, jail, inmates, money

CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a little help from the police jury.

The parish prison makes money by housing state inmates in part of the facility, and the sheriff's office shares much of the money with the parish. The police jury will consider a plan tonight giving the sheriff's office a $5 thousand dollar monthly credit.

Warden Ray Newman says having state inmates are a cost cutting measure, because some serve on crews picking up trash and cutting grass. Others take care of maintenance issues at the prison and other parish buildings. Newman says hiring workers to handle those jobs would be much more expensive for the parish.

Keep Feliciana Beautiful director Beth Dawson says the crews immediately tackle any problem she calls in to the sheriff's office. She hopes a compromise can be worked out with the police jury to keep the crews available.

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