Risks of Inmate Labor Cited as Reason for Justice Center Cleaning Contract

The Marion County Commission recently voted to award a one-year contract to a cleaning company to maintain the Justice Center, instead of relying on inmate labor. Commissioner Gene Hargis, who is also an investigator with the county’s Sheriff's Department, said the cost of having an inmate escape an unsecured area of the Justice Center certainly would make up the difference in cleaning costs. "Sometimes it's hard to find someone out of 80 people trustworthy enough to have a broom because," he said, "they'll make a meth lab out of it." The Times Free Press has the story.