Date: September 8, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Weekend Work Release Inmates Will Work in Lakeland This Weekend

Polk County Sheriff's Office inmates from the Weekender Program will be working with the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Clean and Beautiful Organization this weekend in the alleys around Webster Park as part of the Keep Lakeland Beautiful program. The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Department of Detention will send approximately 30 weekend inmates to pick up liter and clean the alleyways around the park. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will also have 20-25 inmates from the weekend program at the Stuart Center in Bartow assembling livestock pens and cleaning the Stuart Center arena; 50 inmates with County Maintenance crews picking up liter along county right of ways; 20 female inmates at Medulla Elementary in South Lakeland landscaping, mowing, raking, and building a butterfly garden for the school. 

The Weekend Work Release Program is individuals who have been sentenced to spend a certain number of weekends on a work program as opposed to completing their sentence in jail. The Weekend Work Release Program allows an individual to pay their debt to society without going to jail and allows an individual to maintain gainful employment. 

A weekend average of one hundred thirty (130) individuals perform tasks such as picking up trash along county highways, mowing, laying sod, tearing down abandoned buildings and cleaning out canals of local lake systems. 

Residents who wish to report roadside trash along county rights of way can call the Liter Hotline toll free at 1-877-891-6430. This toll free number is for reporting liter on county right of ways only, and residents SHOULD NOT call to report trash on personal property.

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