On December 13th, the Leon County Commission approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) for the use of Wakulla Correctional Institution inmates to continue providing roadside maintenance and other related jobs for the Public Works Department.
Leon County saves roughly $195,200 each year by utilizing inmate labor instead of hiring permanent full-time staff. Leon County and FDOC have been in contract for the utilization of Wakulla Correctional Institution inmates since 2012. The previous contract expired on August 16th 2022. The agreement will have a three-year term and can be extended for an additional three-year term.
Inmates who are classified as minimal custody prisoners can chose to volunteer to work for the Florida Department of Corrections to earn early release. Services provided by inmates includes making and laying sandbags, weed eating and mowing the right-of-way. Inmates that are accomplished in their work with County crews may use the work experience for future job applications. The agreement requires the County to provide properly certified inmate supervisors, transportation and equipment.
The Public Works Department also utilizes inmates from the Leon County Sheriff’s Pathways Program. Inmates who volunteer through the Leon County Pathways Program work alongside with the County’s litter control crews.