Huntington's Sheriff Department Is Getting Inmates to Clean-up

By Scott Sarvay
By Ryan Elijah


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June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 5:37 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - It’s the first pilot program of its kind in Huntington County, instead of doing time inside the jail; inmates are working outside cleaning miles of county roads.

Work begins at 8 am for an armed officer and a crew of 6 inmates.

Sheriff Terry Stoffel said he received 100 percent positive feedback for the idea during his recent campaign. He feels it's simply a better use of the inmates’ time and the taxpayer’s money.

Violent offenders and sexual predators are not eligible for the work detail. He would like to eventually see female inmates help with growing vegetables in the jail's courtyard. Stoffel's goal for his department is to think outside the box.

Tuesday morning, inmates cleaned nearly 5 miles of county roads, in what Sheriff Stoffel hopes will be an expanding program.

A program that appears to be a win-win, as inmates get a break from life in jail and to do something positive with their time.

The prisoners weren't able to say much, but they seemed to enjoy their new assignment.

This bottle of narcotics was found by a prisoner who then turned it over to a sheriff's officer, a sign that Sheriff Stoffel feels shows the program is off to a great start.

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