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Inmates assist in clean up efforts

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By Bryan Marshall

When the tornado passed and the damage was evident in Crittenden, clean-up assistance came from more than just community volunteers and fire fighters.

Jailer Terry Peeples received a call shortly after the storm from Grant County Emergency Management director Rick Willoby asking if inmates could help clearing debris in the ravaged neighborhood of the Harvesters Subdivision in Crittenden.

Peeples authorized inmates from the Class D inmates to help where needed in the aftermath of the tornado.

Twenty-two inmates arrived at 8 a.m. Saturday and 16 inmates returned on Sunday as well.

"They were out there about 10 hours a day," Peeples said. "We put in about 370 hours of inmate labor in the two days. That’s the purpose of the Class D program, to serve the communities for the benefit of the county. The devastation out there was just tremendous. To be able to put that many hours of labor in a very short period of time was crucial to the county that they be able to rely and depend on that."

The inmates returned to their regular work duties March 5, but Peeples said the jail is willing help again if there is a request for assistance.