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 October 20th, 2008  
St. Lucie County saves hundreds of thousands of dollars by having jail inmates paint the jail
FORT PIERCE – Thanks to the cooperation of Sheriff Ken Mascara, St. Lucie County Commissioners are saving more than $223,000 in labor costs by having inmates paint the jail at Rock Road. Painting is under way at this time.

St. Lucie County’s Central Services Department has purchased 1,130 gallons of paint and 625 gallons of sealer to paint the exterior of the county jail. A 10-person crew is currently working to paint the 186,000-square-foot facility.

“We look for every opportunity to save taxpayer dollars using jail inmate labor,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara. “Painting the exterior of the jail provided an opportunity to save close to a quarter of a million dollars.”

“Being able to use our inmates in this capacity will allow us to stretch our dollar even further during this time of economic difficulty," said St. Lucie County Commission Chairman Joe Smith.

St. Lucie County jail inmates work on numerous projects inside the jail and at county facilities throughout the year.

The last time the exterior of the St. Lucie County Jail was painted was in 2000.

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