LAUREL Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Once confined to a jail cell, a new program in Laurel County allows female inmates an outlet to the world.
On average, Jailer Jamie Mosley says there are between 80 to 100 female inmates at the Laurel County Detention Center.
Before now women at the facility were limited to indoor work release programs, but new procedures are allowing women to do just as much as the men.
The signs are up and their bags are full. These inmates are out of their jail cells and picking up trash.
In an effort to keep their county clean, Jailer Jamie Mosley says the Laurel County Detention Center sends more than 10 crews to service their highways and for the first time this group includes women.
Mosley says roads in this county would look a lot different if work release programs like this one did not exist.
"We've picked up in the past two and a half years probably over a million pounds of garbage," said Mosley.
Shannon Henson is one of the corrections officers with the release program.
She says their hard work benefits everyone.
"I mean it gives them something to look forward to," said Henson.
Mosley says this new program is completely self-sufficient and saves tax payers money.
Only nonviolent offenders are eligible to participate.
Mosley says he is committed to expanding this program and working with other civic groups and agencies in the area.