Perhaps one of the best crime prevention programs is the Inmate Work Crew. This program began with the Sheriff's commitment to the taxpayers that inmates would be afforded the opportunity to pull their weight as citizens of Leon County. The program started with no money, equipment, tools or staff. Instead of allowing inmates to lay around the jail and be supported by tax dollars, the Sheriff devised a plan to let them help clean up our community for six to ten hours each day during a six day work week.
Out of this plan evolved multiple benefits to the community. Even the weekend sentenced inmates benefited from the program by completing their sentence on a fast track. The real crime prevention benefit comes from these work crews being seen working along roadways, in vacant lots, cleaning up graffiti, and picking up trash.
The Leon County Jail Work Crew operates Tuesday through Friday. Inmates sentenced to the Leon County Jail are screened and selected for outside work assignments and are assigned and supervised by County, City and Correctional Staff. Inmates leave each day from the Jail 0700 hours and return at 1630 hours.
The Leon County Jail Work Camp operates seven days a week. Inmates are sentenced to this program by the courts as a condition of their probation. Inmates are allowed to choose and sign up for days they want to work. They must work at least one day a week. Inmates report to the Leon County Jail Work Camp at 0630 hours, dress in jail stripe uniforms and are assigned to and supervised by Leon County Sheriff's Office Correctional Staff. They are released each day at 1630 hours.