Inmates will help fill potholes

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Mahoning County Sheriff and Engineer’s Office are teaming up to help fill in some potholes.

Day-reporting inmates are working to help fix the pothole problem on the roads by using cold patch to smooth out the bumpy drive. Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti said that with the inmates’ help, his office is able to essentially put another crew on the streets to help fix the issue faster without spending any more overtime funds.

“As everybody’s well aware, we only have so many employees, so the more people we can get out there filling potholes, the quicker we can address the issue,” Ginnetti said.

Ginnetti said already this year, the county has spent $91,000 in overtime, which is more than half of the $175,000 that is allotted.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene said he thinks this is a great opportunity to fix the roads while giving day-reporting inmates another job to do.

“What the day reporting program does is help us alleviate stress in the jail, and it gives the people who are sentenced to the day-reporting program a chance to give back to their community. It saves the county money and it gives them a chance to pay back for their debt,” Greene said.

Day-reporting inmates are those sentenced to community service projects on lesser charges.

“We’re going to continue this as long as the sheriff has people available and willing to work with us,” Ginnetti said.


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