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Work wanted for DUI offenders

March 13, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County Jail officials are looking for nonprofit organizations, government entities and churches interested in using driving under the influence offenders for community service projects.

The county recently started a "weekender program" in which DUI offenders can serve incarceration sentences on weekends, allowing them to work during the week. Part of that involves a commitment to community service.

Offenders need to "pay back" the negative effects they cause in a community, Warden John Wetzel said in a news release.

He offered low-security inmates for projects like spring clean-up and painting at no cost. Forms are available at www.franklincountyjail.org.

Offenders will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and all required safety equipment needs are to be provided by the requesting entity, Wetzel said.

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Offenders involved with the weekender program must pay all costs of incarceration and serve every day to which they are sentenced, the warden said.

The program expanded from one weekend offender on Feb. 13 to 11 offenders on March 6, the news release stated.

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