During 2012, the Inmate Worker Program has had significant impact on both the jail facility as well as on public projects. Deputies continue to calculate the approximate number of inmate hours worked and continue to see growth in the number and in the impact of the program.
This resource has impacted jail inmate laundry, floors and routine maintenance inside the jail, as well as public streets, parks, roadside ditches, graffiti eradication, mowing, snow removal, seeding, weeding and trimming projects throughout Black Hawk County.
While it is difficult to ascertain a dollar figure for comparative statistics of money saved through using the Inmate Worker Program, even at minimum wage, the use of this resource equates to a savings of well over $100,000-$200,000 per year.
(Park Clean-Up 8th and Mulberry Street)
In Anticipation of Spring Flooding, Inmate Work Crew Utilized to Fill Sandbags
Smooth RoadsInmate Work Crew Fills Potholes in WaterlooIn a joint effort with the City of Waterloo, the Inmate Worker Program is now being utilized to aid in the pothole repair effort on Waterloo streets. Read the Sheriff's Press Release HERE.