Early Monday morning, June 16, the weeds are being pulled and the tiller is busy at work in the inmate garden at the Izard County Detention Facility. The work is being done by inmates of the jail, community service workers of the Izard County Drug Court, and department of correction inmates being held by Izard County. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the garden is a project that has been untaken for the past eight years or so. Not only does the garden help reduce food costs but is also a way for the inmates to somewhat pay for their stay in the jail. As in years past, much of the harvest in canned or frozen for future consumption.
In addition to the garden, inmates perform a variety of functions in order to save money for the taxpayers of Izard County. All routine maintenance and most repairs to vehicles are performed by these inmates as is all grounds maintenance, laundry, cooking, and sanitation work in the jail. Chief Deputy Earnie Bleckley supervising much of this inmate work activity.
News Release, For Immediate Release, June 16, 2014, POC: Sheriff Lawrence, 8703684203
Note; Picture provided of inmates at work in the garden.