Keep Lubbock Beautiful Puts Lubbock Inmates to Work - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/3/07

Keep Lubbock Beautiful Puts Lubbock Inmates to Work

You may or may not have noticed, but  the access road of South Loop 289 is looking better these days. And the credit goes to a program putting Lubbock County inmates to work.

By Friday, the inmates moved their efforts to the Lubbock Animal Shelter. They cleaned out cages, trimmed some trees and mowed the lawn.

Keep Lubbock Beautiful coordinator, Kathleen Finley, says the program is now in its second summer. It gives inmates some new job skills that may come in handy when they are released.

"I think the bigger impact to me is that we maybe giving some inmates the incentive to not come back," said Finley. "We're providing them some skills where they maybe able to go out find employment that will keep them from coming back into the jails."

To qualify for the program, the inmates must be classified as minimum security.

Finley adds, "We've actually had great positive response. We've had citizens that have called from different areas, saying the South Loop looks so great...is there any possibility of getting them around our area?"

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