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Jun 15, 2012 9:01 AM by AP

Pointe Coupee inmate worker program changing

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres says the structure of the parish's inmate work release program will soon change through a partnership with East Feliciana Parish.

During the special meeting Thursday, The Advocate reports Torres told police jurors and parish officials that turbulence in the local economy had dramatically decreased the number of jobs available to Pointe Coupee's work release inmates.

Officials said when the sheriff's office took over the program four years ago, about 55 inmates had jobs in the parish. That number has dwindled to 15.

Instead of operating the program just in Pointe Coupee, Torres said, the parish's program will be consolidated with the work release program at Dixon Correctional Institute near Jackson in East Feliciana Parish.

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