Inmates put talents to work renovating Tipton Co Justice Center - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Inmates put talents to work renovating Tipton Co Justice Center

Non-violent offenders in Tipton County are putting their talents to work.

They have spent the past few weeks volunteering to renovate space inside the justice center.

"While they're here, I'm gonna do everything in my power not to just let them sit in here in the jail and do nothing...I want em' working as much as they can to save taxpayers as much as they can," Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley said.

Tipton County purchased the materials for the project but the inmates' work is saving taxpayers nearly $60,000. 

Sheriff's department officials said this is really a win-win situation for both parties. The inmates are not only learning a trade but the department is getting some much needed work done.

"They got out and did what they need to do and they've also learned quite a bit that they can take back into the world and hopefully keep them from being repeat offenders and that there's another way," Deputy Steve Browder said.

Once the work is completed, the center will have a new squad and training room as well as new offices for the district attorney, courts, and sheriff's department.

And even the inmates are enjoying the work.

"They are great. We all stick together, do this together,"Inmate Brandon Cecil said.

Construction officials said the work is nearly complete.

They are just waiting on the final approval from county inspectors.

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