Deputies Say Jail Alternative Program Saving Taxpayers Millions

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews for the Day Report Center in Kanawha County took to the streets Saturday to pick up litter and trash along Coal River Road in Tornado.

Deputies tell WSAZ the program saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year .

“Instead of contracting out to do the work, a lot of times we can do the work that would cost the county a lot of money,” said Community Service Coordinator Jed Walls.

Saturday, the 25-person cleaning crew spent two hours picking up 63 bags of trash – for free.

“We’ve just been out here picking up trash, trying to clean the community up,” said participant Joshua Davis.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, the program has helped save taxpayers about 15 million dollars since the program began in 2005.

Participants help with janitorial duties around the county to stress the importance of community service, which ultimately means less work a paid employee has to do. The savings are then passed down to the taxpayer.

In the last few months alone, deputies tell us they’ve saved taxpayers about $10,000 from the program.

While the cleaning looks physically strenuous, those like Tommy Smith said they enjoy participating,

“I’m out here exercising so it's not bother to me,” Smith said, “It's a beautiful day.”

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