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Prisoner labor to return

Friday, March 18, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County has once again reached an agreement with the Southeast Correctional Center for prisoner labor to be used by the county.

Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett said he would be signing a contract with the SECC warden following the regular county commission meeting Thursday.

Once the contract is signed, prisoners will again be permitted do work for the county under the prison's work release program, Bennett said.

"We've got up to 10 this time," he said, noting last time the maximum was four.

The county will pay each prisoner $7.50 per day.

"This will save us $25,000 to $30,000 per year," Commissioner Steve Jones said.

"It's great for us and they love it," Bennett said. "I think this is a pretty good deal. I'm tickled to death."

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