The Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio has launched a new Community Service Work Program.
Officials say it’s a test program. Each member of the work detail has been convicted of a non-violent felony and sentenced through the Williams County Court of Common Pleas, but they are not prison inmates. They live at home and wear normal clothes. They drive themselves to Stryker every day to work off 100 hours of community service in eight-hour shifts, then drive themselves home.
Prison officials say it’s a money matter. These offenders don’t need to be in prison, but they do need to be punished.
The cost to keep an inmate in CCNO is just under $64.00 per day. The new Community Service Work Program all but eliminates that expense. The participants are not paid for their work, other than in credit for public service.