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Turning Idle Inmates Into Assets

NCJ Number
Roll Call Dated: special issues (April 1992) Pages: complete issue
Date Published
16 pages
This report is intended to aid local sheriffs in designing, operating, and expanding effective jail industry programs.
These programs include community projects provided as a public service to government and nonprofit agencies, public works projects done in the jail or through work crews that leave the jail facility during the day, institutional support services to avoid or reduce costs for the jail operation, traditional correctional industries that provide products or services, and private-sector jail industries. As counties move along this continuum, inmate labor is increasingly used inside the jail facility. The experiences of Stafford County (N.H.), Hampden County (Mass.), Kennebec County (Me.), Ventura County (Calif.), and other jurisdictions illustrate ways in which these programs operate. By using the experiences of existing programs, local officials can avoid common problems in designing and implementing these programs. Lists of organizations and publications and summary of the cooperative activities of the National Institute of Justice and National Sheriffs' Association in this arean are included. Photographs

Date Published: January 1, 1992