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County cutting inmate labor program

June 23, 2011
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KEENE, NH — Budget cuts have put the Department of Corrections'' community service program in danger of being eliminated, according to The Keene Sentinel.

The program has provided more than 400,000 hours of free labor by utilizing Hillsborough County inmates since 1991, the article stated.

According to the article, smaller towns that rely on the service may be forced to reprioritize maintenance projects and re-evaluate their budgets.

Denise P. French, Bennington''s town administrator, said the only program cost to the town was lunch for the inmates, the article noted.

"When a group of eight would come to town, we would spend about $60 per day on food for lunch," French said.

"When this program goes away, we will have to hire people. And to pay wages for the same amount of labor, it would cost us about $80 an hour versus $60 a day," French added.

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