Date: February 8, 2001 "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 program has superior year

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Weekend Work Release Program is "picking up" where it left off in 2000. 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. 

Last year, the Weekend Work Release Program cleaned approximately 3,387 miles of road (1,233 miles in 1999), collected approximately 50,288 bags of garbage (20,363 bags in 1999), picked up 8,494 tires (2,595 tires collected in 1999), and worked a total of 82,778 hours (36,345 hours in 1999). Inmates worked at various county parks, historical sites, schools and COPS areas at a savings of approximately $462,306 to the County. 

The Weekend Work Release Program is made up of 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. 

Weekenders will continue to work every Saturday and Sunday this year on various projects throughout the county. This weekend inmates will be working at the Stuart Center in Bartow preparing the arena for an upcoming 4-H event. Inmates will also be working at Bartow High School painting the stadium and repairing fences at the school and work with County Maintenance crews picking up liter along county right of ways.

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