Inmates log 1,000 hours of service

The Warren County Prison Work Crew Program had a busy month in July with over 1,000 hours of community service work for the citizens of Warren County.

Work crews have performed nearly 6,000 hours of community service for non-profit agencies since the program began in September 2013, Warren County Jail Deputy Warden Gregory Deivert said at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Warren County Prison Board.

In July, crews worked for 20 different local agencies including the Warren County School District, Warren County Fair, Werner Park, Hospice, Warren County Probation, Warren County Prison, the Warren County Commissioners, PA State Sheriff’s Association, House of Hope, the Warren County Sheriff, Mead Township, Youngsville Borough, Paws Along the river and Tidioute Borough.

Work included cleaning at the Paws Along the River, painting and cleaning for townships and boroughs, and maintaining the general areas of the courthouse.

“The program’s going very well. The other day we had 15 people out on crews,” Deivert said. “Warehousing people doesn’t work.”

Workers are not spending all day in the jail and are allowed to use their time working in the program for future job references, he said.

“It’s extremely helpful…it gives them self worth,” Warren County District Attorney Robert Greene said. “Greg has spearheaded this…it’s productive for everyone.”

When colder weather hits, workers will do less exterior work for townships and boroughs but will also be able to start resume and job skills while in the program.

“I’m really happy you got this program started and it’s working so well,” Warren County Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said.

Non-profit or governmental agencies interested in using the inmate work crew for community projects can contact Deivert or the work release coordinator at 723-2486.