Instead of Jail, Some Leaders Want Community Service
They owe a debt to society but the way some of them pay it back could soon change. However, it may be at the expense of private sector jobs. Alachua county commissioners advanced a proposal Tuesday that would shift some of the community service work crews. Those are crews consisting of people sentenced to community service rather than jail. Their future responsibilities could include cutting the grass and cleaning restrooms. The savings would come from reducing or eliminating county contracts with private companies.
"Now you have replaced them with another group of people and now you're going ahead and creating a worse problem than the savings itself," said commissioner Susan Baird.
According to county leaders, the savings in the first year alone could be more than 50 thousand dollars. To see more on this report, watch the video to your right.
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