Work release program beginning in Livingston Parish
DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office will enter into a work release program with Louisiana Workforce, LLC. It's a partnership that will allow the parish to free up jail space and provide inmates a route to re-enter society.
Non-violent inmates with fewer than three years left to serve will have the chance to work at a business in the parish.
"This gives them that opportunity to get some rehabilitation, get a job and hopefully have a little bit of money and a place to live when they do enter back into society," said Sheriff Jason Ard.
Jared Varnado already employs a work release inmate at his Denham Springs automotive shop. He's employed inmates there for about five years and said they're his most reliable workers.
"It's guaranteed that they'll show up for work, you don't have to worry about them being under the influence, they're all drug tested so you know they have a clean bill of health," said Varnado.
Sheriff Ard is planning to build a separate work release facility to house those inmates. He said that will free up bed space in the jail and allow the inmates to use their wages to pay room and board.