Lawrence County considers using work-release labor again

Sheriff Gene Mitchell has said about 25 percent of the county inmates are eligible to become a trusty for the work-release program.

Lawrence County considers using work-release labor again

MOULTON, AL (WAFF) - A Lawrence County commissioner on Wednesday urged the commission to use county inmate labor to save money and to offer inmates the opportunity to be more productive.

District 4 Commissioner Bobby Burch said the commission quit using work-release inmates in October 2017 when a work-release inmate was injured and concerns were raised involving county insurance and worker’s compensation.

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“When that happened, it kind of spooked everybody,” he said at Wednesday morning’s work session. “There’s a risk (using inmate labor). It’s a risk everybody takes. Most counties realize the work you get far exceeds the risk you take — the risk being somebody getting permanently hurt and unable to work, and that falls into worker comp category.”

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