Inmates in the Polk County Jail who are on “trustee” status, meaning they meet a certain set of criteria (such as being charged with non-violent misdemeanors and exhibiting good behavior), often provide manual labor and services for city and county government facilities within Polk County, and have been doing so for years.
During the first quarter of 2007, trustees worked 406 hours within the city of Frostproof, providing free labor for such tasks as pressure washing the city library, painting buildings and parking lines on city roads, and repairing the city fire truck. If the city had had to pay for this labor, at a minimum wage of $6.67 per hour, the hours worked by the trustees would have added up to $2,708. But that’s not all - the repair work done to the city of Frostproof’s fire truck alone saved the city $10,000.
Sheriff Grady Judd said, “Polk County Jail trustee inmates are always available to provide free labor to the various communities within our county. They are a valuable resource, and we are proud to be able to provide free services AND save taxpayers’ dollars at the same time for the people of Polk County. Last year, trustee inmates provided over 13,000 hours of free labor countywide, at a tremendous cost savings to taxpayers.”
If you are interested in seeking inmate labor for your government facility, please call the Trustee Supervisor at (863) 514-4707.