Columbus citizens show concerns of inmate work detail safety protocols

Columbus citizens show concerns of inmate work detail safety protocols
Published: Oct. 25, 2017 at 8:21 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2017 at 11:13 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A growing concern from community members surrounding the safety of prison inmate work details prompted News Leader 9 to take a closer look into these situations.

According to Muscogee County Prison Warden, Dwight Hamrick, approximately 438 inmates are involved in 26 different work details in Muscogee County.

"We're not sending any inmate on a detail that doesn't need to be there," says Hamrick. "If there is a pending charge, a pending felony charge from anywhere in the state, he doesn't go out. If he is a member of a gang, he doesn't go out."

City workers accompany inmates on many of these details and are assigned four to six inmates per detail supervisor.

Hamrick says the inmates in work detail are classified as medium to minimum security; no inmates with murder or sexual offense charges are allowed out on work detail.

But what if an inmate acts out during a detail? Hamrick says not all, but certain officers carry nine-millimeter auto pistols.

"Only post certified officers carry a weapon while on detail, not all outside details are post certified. For example parks and rec are post certified. We have 52 outside post certified officers," says Hamrick.

Cit workers who accompany the inmates on details do not carry weapons according to Hamrick.

"For the sanitation details and the sanitation truck drivers, a lot of them are unarmed because they are not post certified."

Do you think city works should be allowed to carry a weapon while with inmates on a work detail? Vote here.

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