BROOKSVILLE Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced Thursday that jail inmates will be responsible for maintaining the grounds at the sheriff’s office and detention center, according to a press release.
Nienhuis said he decided to use inmate labor to save taxpayer money and give the inmates a “sense of satisfaction” for performing the landscaping and other maintenance tasks.
“This feeling of accomplishment will, hopefully, encourage them to become productive contributors to our community once they resolve their current charges,” Nienhuis said in a press release.
Maintenance on the sheriff’s office 17.6-acre property was previously contracted out to Hernando County for $2,328 a year, according to county facility director Craig Becker.
The press release said using inmate labor will ensure the grounds are maintained “consistently” to keep up the “professional appearance.”