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PIERCE COUNTY: Use jail inmates for park services

Letter by Robert Freeby, Tacoma on Sep. 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | 18 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:18 pm

What do people do when they can’t afford to go out for dinner and other recreational activities that cost money? They look for activities that don’t cost money or not much money. If the county has eliminated services at 16 parks (TNT, 9-24), why doesn’t the county look at using jail inmates who are doing time on petty offense matters to resume those services?

I would bet that inmates would welcome the opportunity to give back to the community by way of community service in keeping our public parks open for those families that need a place to enjoy without costing them money the they need to keep the lights on or food on the table. I would even venture to bet that some of those inmates have families that depend on such inexpensive outlets for family fun.

Why not become a little more creative in saving our public lands for continued public use. We own them, right?

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