Inmates landscaping schools?

I passed by my children's school today and I saw a bunch of inmates landscaping their school lawn. I thought that was very odd. My husband was really upset by this! I called the school and all they could say is that the board of excruciating has a contract with them and has had it for 14 years. Nothing has happened in those 14 years so they are fine. She said they are the "good inmates". Good inmates?? How do you feel about this? I don't like it!

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Alyssa MartinezNew Port Richey, Florida
    09/23/14
    Eh.. I have a different view of this. My Dad was a Common Pleas Judge for 30 years.. Often when I was little and would walk to the Courthouse after school I would pass inmates outside cleaning and even inside taking trash away, even in my DADS office. I remember asking him about it being dangerous and he reminded me how they are doing work and deserve a chance to prove they can.. The inmates you see doing this work are not murders or rapists, they just need guidance and sometimes cleaning up and working really helps them. I really wouldn't worry.. If they do the smallest thing they jeopordize themselves more than anything.
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      09/23/14
      4Katie
      I am not sure how I feel about this. I would assume it would only be certain types of offenders. Like maybe drug users or theft. I highly doubt they would let murders or child molesters work on a school campus. Have you tried calling the school board for more information? I am sure you wont be the first to be concerned.
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        09/23/14
        Only inmates who have certain charges and have showed extremely well behavior are eligible for work release and work groups like that. Child molesters are not allowed within so many yards of a school (I think it varies by state). You should contact the school board or talk to other parents about it and take a petition to the school board if you are concerned. They are closely monitored and most are not allowed contact with anybody 'outside'.
        This gives cheap labor to the school (inmates are typically paid no more than $5 an hour, if that high), and gives them a chance to prove themselves and a work experience to put on their resume when they do get out.
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          09/23/14
          Alyssa Martinez
          Realized the typo "education " using my Siri lol I did speak to someone at the school but I think I am going to speak with board of Ed. This town is very difficult. If you know someone or have a relative in a high place don't worry about going to jail even if your a murderer. My town is based on the good ole boy system and the 1900s. That's why it concerned me. You could have people who are just nuts and being on little probation. I just feel like a school of children isn't a place for inmates. Yes everyone deserves a chance but their are other business they could attend to. i guess if I lived somewhere else I wouldn't be as concerned but knowing what goes on here just had my stomach turning. Thanks ladies for your input!
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          09/23/14
          Yes, it is different when you have dirty judges. :(
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            09/23/14
            8Theresa Gould
            I have very mixed feelings about this since we had road crews repaving our roads this summer who were inmates. A police officer stood there armed with a gun and I was told, he had to actually pulled his gun out of its holster on one of them in FRONT of our house! We would not allow our children outside.
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