The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office utilizes inmate labor in many capacities to help offset the cost of operating the Sheriff’s Office and to provide service to the parish.
There are two categories of inmate labor – inside labor and outside labor. Inside labor is utilized to clean the Sheriff’s Offices and jail, to work with the food supervisor in preparing meals, to work the jail garden and to perform various other tasks as needed. Outside labor is utilized to pick up roadside litter and to perform other tasks as assigned. Labor is performed under the supervision of Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Inmates who perform labor are either jail inmates or inmates convicted of a minor offense and sentenced by a court to report to the jail daily for work assignments and then to return to their homes in the evening.
Inmates who perform outside labor will soon be easy to identify. The Sheriff’s Office has purchased new uniforms to be worn inmates who perform outside labor, including those sentenced to report daily to the jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “It is important for the public to be able to recognize inmates who are working outside the jail and for those inmates to understand they are working under the supervision of the Sheriff’s Office. It is also a public safety issue. Our staff wears identifiable clothing and it is important that inmate labor does the same, regardless of whether they are in jail or reporting daily.”