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NCJ Number: 136794 Find in a Library
Title: Minnesota Jails Continue To "Break Ground" With Inmate Work Programs
Journal: Detention Reporter  Issue:99  Dated:(January 1992)  Pages:5-8
Author(s): V Jacobsen
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes jail inmate work programs in the Minnesota counties of Hennepin, Winona, and Fillmore.
Abstract: Hennepin County houses the earliest private-sector jail industries in the Nation. In recent years, Hennepin County's ACF Industries has grown in size, productivity, and reputation. Employing 10-15 percent of the county's sentenced population, ACF Industries provides light assembly and packaging services to Minnesota-based private-sector companies. ACF Industries not only generates revenue, but prepares inmates for release through on-the-job training and life skills development. Winona County Jail operates the smallest known private-sector jail industry in the Nation. With an average daily population of 30, the jail performs light assembly and packaging services for a variety of private-sector companies. Currently, the program provides a reward for good behavior; reduces inmate idleness; and provides inmates with income to pay fines, support family, and prepare for release. The Fillmore County Sheriff has turned a small garage, housing the Sheriff's Department patrol boat, into a thriving wood-working industry. Wood products produced range from intricately carved miniatures to wood name plates and custom cabinets. With an average daily population of 16, the jail provides work opportunities for two to three inmates. Inmates work off community service hours and fines at a rate of $5.00 per hour.
Main Term(s): Correctional industries
Index Term(s): Jails; Minnesota
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