"I know the public likes it; the inmates like it; it's a popular program," Warren County Jail Deputy Warden Greg Deivert said regarding inmate work crews.
In May, the crews performed 645 hours of community service for a number of non-profit organizations and local governments.
Organizations benefiting from the program in May include Women' Outdoor Workshops, the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Probation, Prison and Commissioners; the City of Warren, Werner Park, the Salvation Army, the Tionesta Lake Clean-up, the Gus Macker Tournament, Cinco de Mayo, Conewango and Glade townships, Youngsville Borough and Paws Along the River.
Deivert added that the inmates' time spent on the crews counts for community service required in their sentence, and gets them outside of the jail to spend productive time.
Organizations interested in Inmate Work Crews assistance should contact Deivert or the Work Release Coordinator at 723-2486.
During the Prison Board meeting on Tuesday morning, Warren County Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco asked Deivert if the program helped keep people out of jail. Deivert replied that he hadn't done any recidivism studies, but the average prison population for 2014 is 116, four percent lower than this time last year.
Additionally, he reported that a donation from Blair and an at-cost donation from Corky Fry provided uniforms for the work crews.