As promised, January 2, 2009 the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office once again began employing inmate work crews.
Since those first cold winter days, this program has increased its impact and services provided. Inmates have worked in jail laundry, maintained jail floors, jail trash removal, re-painted the housing areas of the jail, filled potholes for the city of Waterloo, filled sandbags in preparation for flooding, painted swing sets and park equipment, mowed lawns, trimmed trees, weeded flowerbeds, worked in our city and county parks, and cleaned trash out of roadside ditches.
Inmate work crews now log over 25,000 hours of service a year. Even at minimum wage, it is estimated that our Inmate Worker Program saves approximately $181,000 on public projects annually.
(Where these figures come from)... it has been suggested that I have over-estimated and made "false claims" regarding these figures. Here's the "facts" (using extremely conservative numbers)!
|Project||Inmates (Average)||Daily Hours (Average)||# of Days (per year)||Total Man Hours|
|Loading/Unloading @ Jail||4||2||140||1,120|
|Misc. (3rd Shift Cleaning/Maintenance)||3||4-6||25||300|
|Roadside Ditch Clean up||4||4-8||15||240|
|County/ State Park Clean up||4||4-8||10||160|
Lesson in politics: 1) Never make a claim you cannot substantiate, and 2) Just because you don't like the numbers, doesn't necessarily make them false.
We continue to look for ways to improve the quality of this impact and ensure the continuing success of the initiative. If you have questions or suggestions, please go to: www.bhcso.org and hit the "contact us" page!