Midland County Inmate Work Program Successful

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - After a summer of picking up trash, painting county building, and community service, Midland County says their new inmate work program continues to be a big success.

Many low-risk inmates are now being sentenced to community service projects instead of taking up cell space.

Midland Sheriff Gary Painter says, it's saving the county quite a bit of money, because they're not eating or sleeping at the jail.

The offenders stay at home and are assigned work projects.

If they don't show up, they face a heftier sentence.

Painter says they've collected 500 bags of trash so far.