May 3, 2013

Why don't Erie County inmates pick up trash?

I noticed that some areas are cluttered with trash. Does Erie County not allow their inmates to be taken out to pick up the trash, like chain gaings? If not, why? They get to sit on their butts with amenities and three meals a day. Put them to work and clean up the community. Ang on Alpine Drive

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth provided the following answer:

We can only consider using jail prisoners convicted of non-violent offenses for trustee or community service details.  

Out of the 140 prisoners that we are housing as this is written (April 25) only 14 are convicted. The others are not convicted and await further court action.

Of those 14 prisoners that would then be eligible for trustee or community service work, seven are used in the jail kitchen on a daily basis to assist in preparing and/or serving meals. Their work drives down the cost of meals served in the jail as paid employees are not needed to perform those tasks.  

Of the other 7 that are eligible today:

• Three are working in the jail laundry — again decreasing the overall operating cost of the facility.

• Three are working at cleaning duties within the jail.

• One prisoner was sent out to the county landfill for a work detail there.

We do, on an as-needed basis and with proper supervision, send out eligible prisoners to work for various non-profit entities including the county's landfill, fairgrounds, clerk of courts, solid waste district and/or various local highway departments to assist with special projects, such as storm cleanup.

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Comments

yogiberra

And that right there ladies and gentleman is how all county officials should answer questions!

deertracker

Agreed! Ang needs to get a life!

totallyamazed

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Why would you say that she needs to get a life? She simply asked why inmates who mostly likely committed a crime against society (in one manner or another) cannot be used to pick-up the trash. Since my tax dollars go toward housing, feeding, and clothing them, I too would like to see some physical labor performed. Seems like a pretty reasonable request.

I've seen "volunteers" picking up trash in the downtown area in past years who supposedly were working off part of their sentence (someone correct me on this if I'm wrong).
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asweetnessabove

THANK YOU totallyamazed. I don't understand why I would need to get a life! I simply had a question, and answered it. BIG DEAL! Maybe you should get a life deer tracker. At least I don't degrade people on the rag.

SamAdams

And it's also how all county officials should address maximizing resources and minimizing expenses! I'm glad to hear the inmates are doing SOMEthing to earn their keep, and that taxpayers are also saving a little here and there as a result.

Now The Rest of...

If they are injured while performing these tasks, and workers comp does not cover them, who picks up the tab, the taxpayers....... The answer might sound good but the results might not....

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nightroller

I live out here on Strecker Road and they used to use inmates to clean up and down this road to about two or three years ago ....

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BULLISDEEP

PICK it up yourself .

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nightroller

I only have enough steam for a few miles, but I did get a laugh out of your remark .... thanx

asweetnessabove

I would if I wasn't a full time mom and watched children on a daily basis. If I EVER get a spare minute, I wouldn't mind trying to make our community look a little nicer Thanks!

wildirish

Its hard to belive only 14 out of 140 inmates are eligible to do this community work they need to do what Ottawa county did and build a jail for inmates that are sentenced for lesser crimes instead of turning people away everyday then you would have plenty of inmates to do the work I for one would much rather be able to go outside and work rather than sit in a cell all day long

Raoul Duke

Only 14 have been convicted~that's why. The others might be innocent(yeah, right).

wildirish

Its hard to belive only 14 out of 140 inmates are eligible to do this community work they need to do what Ottawa county did and build a jail for inmates that are sentenced for lesser crimes instead of turning people away everyday then you would have plenty of inmates to do the work I for one would much rather be able to go outside and work rather than sit in a cell all day long

LuvsPlant

With all the delinquent court costs and fines out there why not offer community service to work them off?

Truth or Dare

No disrespect at all towards ECS Sigsworth and staff. They're just doing their job and are quite courteous at that when in the process. They don't control the Court's docket. So a better question here might be how long has the other 126 been sitting and waiting for that speedy trial, or should I say offer of a plea agreement to be made? As well, how many of those 126 are non violent offenders? Also, just how busy would our Public Defender be w/all of this?

I would help clean it up, but that's what taxes are for, and w/all those living in woods throughout our City/County, for ex. Olds St., how safe would that be for any of us? It's pretty clear cleaning up trash along our streets and roads isn't a priority, but studies in the upper thousands are.

By the by, any news on that stolen $3 Million and so called federal investigation they say is going on? How many years has it been, 5 or more easy? Pretty sure that has helped put us in the Red. I've felt for quite sometime there really is no Federal investigation. It's just what we're being told, and then they wonder why we have such a problem here? Hey, if $3 Million can be stolen and the homes still aren't made right, and those that did it can get away with fleecing Erie County taxpayers, why not some mercy through Community Service for those who would otherwise be incarcerated for crimes of the non violent nature?

Fireside

Google "Black Dolphin" . If I were KING, this is how ALL detainees would be handled. One trip like this and you would think three times before wanting to commit another crime. From juvie up to adult.

votelibertarian

There are 700 Inmates and 900 officers. With the prisons starting to go private I don't see this happening, and for the public ones they would have to raise taxes.

Fireside

And their crime rate is lower!

TrollingRageind...

I suggest the people getting benefits from big brother such as welfare and food stamps that don't have a job should be forced to or they don't get their free stuff! haHA!

kURTje

Make them do some kind of work.

Kimo

If people wouldn't throw that stuff out the window, it would not need to be picked up.

end of story.

asweetnessabove

I agree. I do not throw things out of my vehicle, and I teach my children not to. It's such a shame that the majority of people cannot refrain from littering our community.

luvblues2

Call it in. It's a $500.00 automatic fine in Ohio.