Bay County to use State Prisoners for Labor

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) _ Inmates from a state prison in the Panhandle will soon be cutting grass and doing other lawn work for Bay County’s wastewater division.

Thanks to a one-year contract between Bay County and the Florida Department of Corrections, a crew of up to six inmates will begin working four days a week starting June 18.

The News Herald of Panama City ( ) reports the inmates will primarily be doing lawn maintenance.

The county will pay for a corrections officer to oversee the inmates at a cost of $58,004 in salary, benefits and equipment.

The total contract is $64,765.

Only inmates who have been sentenced can do the work. And, inmates must be considered low-risk enough to be allowed outside the prison.