Milwaukee Prisoners Do the Dirty Jobs to Earn Jail Credits

December 4, 2008

Milwaukee (ChattahBox) — Milwaukee jail inmates can wash off one hour of their sentence for every hour they spend doing the dirty jobs. According to the Sheriff David Clarke, there are a lot of clean-up jobs that no one is willing to do. These jobs include cleaning up blood, vomit, feces, saliva or other body fluids. It costs $30 an hour to pay a county worker to do the job.

Thus, the jail has come up with a common sense approach to volunteer men to do such jobs, to earn time off under the program. The program requires the inmates to get trained on biohazards as well as using protective gear. The jail authorities state that this is not exposing the inmates to any nuclear waste or other undue risks, but they have to take necessary precautions due to hazards like HIV or AIDS.

Two of the jail inmates have already earned their time off under the program. West Allis, 33, worked nearly 13 days off his sentence. He was convicted of fraud, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. Another 29 year old washed off 11 days of his sentence for fraudulently obtaining a prescription drug. The program has been approved by the county‚Äôs judge and the state jail inspector. The county worker union has no objections either. “It’s not a job we’re going to fight to keep,” said union president Kurt Zunker.


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