Non Profit Organizations Set To Put Inmates To Work

Smith County will again be putting jail inmates to work for local charitable groups. Almost two years ago, Sheriff J.B. Smith stopped allowing inmates to work for non-profits because of legal questions. But lawmakers passed a bill settling those questions.

Sheriff Smith went before county commissioners this morning to ask them to approve a list of eligible organizations. The prisoners will get to work for the East Texas Fairgrounds, the Salvation Army and the Food Bank right away. "These are people that are sent for repetition of DWI, child support, things of that nature. These will be non-violent prisoners."

Sheriff Smith says there could be as many as 15 to 20 prisoners at a site, depending on the amount of work needed and the day of the week.

Oralia Ortega, reporting.