$60k a Year to Drive Convicts to Greenville

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenville city officials are trying to decide if they want to keep using state inmates to perform chores once a local community work center closes and inmates are transferred more than 50 miles away to Greenwood. The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Greenville and Washington County officials can keep using inmates to cut grass and pick up litter if the governments transport them but a financial consultant told the city council that it could cost $60,000 a year for city employees to ferry inmates back and forth to Greenwood every day. Local officials fear that transport could be time-consuming and that inmates might not always be productive.

 


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