Road crews made up of inmates have saved Washington County and local municipalities tens of thousands of dollars on tasks that otherwise might not get done, according to county officials.
County Administrator Greg Murray said the county pays about $11,000 a year to each of several retired correctional officers who are in charge of supervising inmate crews. The personnel costs are the only costs associated with running the crews, he said.
In all, Murray said, the county uses the services of seven crews at a total cost of about $80,000 a year.
"If we did not have the staffing from those crews we would not be able to maintain all the things that have to be maintained," Murray said.