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Program puts inmates to work, saves taxpayers’ money

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla.– A project that is saving taxpayers’ money is a complete success, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

For the third year in a row, inmates from the Oklahoma County Detention Center hit the gardens.

Friday, they harvested about 11,000 potatoes that will be used to help feed the inmates.

Sheriff John Whetsel says the project is something that saves money and provides skills the inmates can use after they are released from jail.

Calvin Reed said, “I learned that harvesting potatoes ain’t that bad. I am thinking about getting me a garden when I get out. It’s a good honest day’s work.”

All the inmates who participate in the program are non-violent offenders and get two days off their sentence for every day they work.