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BSO INMATE WORK UNIT KEEPS THE STREETS CLEAN, SAVES TAXPAYER MONEY

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Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Inmate Work Unit gathered trash and debris Thursday from Southwest 3rd Avenue in Deerfield Beach. The unit, which once had 10 crews of eight people each, was reduced in 2010 to three crews due to budget cuts. It performs unskilled labor such as painting and trash collection.  Given its benefit to the community and taxpayers, Sheriff Scott Israel wants to increase its size. Despite its diminished size, the inmates in the unit still worked more than 23,000 hours in 2013 at a cost savings of about $355,740, a fraction of work done in previous years. The inmates in the work unit are all county-sentenced, serving less than a year in jail, for non-violent crimes. None has a history of violent offenses or escape. Inmate Andrew Britt, 26, who is serving a sentence for possession of Xanax and being a habitual traffic offender, found a tool box and a shopping cart Thursday among the debris on the side of the road. “We find odd stuff, furniture, clothes, a lot of trash,” he said. “More than you would think.”

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