Stephens Co. To Use Inmate Crew

Stephens County will begin using an inmate work crew later this year.

On Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to contract with Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto for a female work crew.

The agreement will take effect on May 1.

Stephens County Commission Chairman Stanley London said that he feels the county has needed this for a long time.

“I know the city has been doing it for quite a while and I do not know if many people heard the Randy Smith comment about the new female correction crews that come out, but they do a great job and I think this is something the county will benefit from quite a bit, I think,” said London.

The city of Toccoa began using a female crew from Arrendale a few weeks ago after losing its male crew from Whitworth Detention Center in Hart County when it switched to an all-female facility.

Last week, Toccoa Public Works Director Randy Smith told AM 630 WNEG that the female crew from Arrendale was doing an excellent job picking up litter along city streets, performing some work in City Hall, and helping with maintenance of city rights-of-way.

According to county officials, the crew the county is getting will focus on litter pick-up. The yearly cost will be $39,500, according to county officials.