Inmates at the Daviess County Detention Center will be able to participate in a work program again, thanks to the renewal of a contract with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and increased staffing at the jail.
The Daviess County Detention Center had a contract with the state’s transportation cabinet last year but couldn’t implement the program due to staffing shortages. The Messenger-Inquirer reports inmates will work for eight hours a day and a maximum of 160 hours a month.
For every 40 hours completed the participants receive one day off their sentence. They are also paid $12.50 a month. Half of what they earn is put toward outstanding debts to the jail or county.
Daviess County Fiscal Court approved the contract with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for work on highways in Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Muhlenberg, and Ohio counties. Under the contract, the state will pay for the salary of the supervising deputy unless they are pulled away for work at the detention center.