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Morgan Co. jail work release screening explained

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All Morgan County jail trustees are screened, and can't be in the program if they were ever charged with a violent crime. (Source: WAFF) All Morgan County jail trustees are screened, and can't be in the program if they were ever charged with a violent crime. (Source: WAFF)
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Nearly 20 percent of the roughly 500 inmates at the Morgan County jail are trustees who can perform work duties. Authorities use a screening process to make sure only certain inmates can work outside of the jail or the sheriff's office.

Some work only at the jail. Others are allowed to work outside of the jail with law enforcement supervision. All Morgan County jail trustees are screened, and can't be in the program if they were ever charged with a violent crime.

“They work on the road, they clean the sides of the roads and ditches, and keep lawns mowed, and that sort of thing, but they're always inside the custody of the sheriff's office,” said Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin.

Sgt. Danny Kelso is the Director of the work release and trustee program. He said some inmates qualify for work release, which allows them to work for an employer during the day. Their paychecks go straight to victims they owe and cover their fines.

“We'll run their background, make sure they've never been convicted or even charged with a violent crime, and if they meet that process, then we'll put them in and let the employer come pick them up and start working them,” said Kelso. “People sometimes get scared thinking that they're a hardcore criminal. Well, that's not the case. They're just here for a simple violation.”

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