One of the ongoing projects involving inmates housed at the Camp Verde Detention Center is a program which deploys specially selected inmates in clean-up duty around Yavapai County.
On March 14, 2013, a crew of inmates was assigned to litter and trash pick-up along a one mile stretch of Highway 260 in Camp Verde. This section of highway has been adopted by the Sheriff's Office as part of ADOT's "Adopt a Highway" program. On this particular day, inmates spent several hours walking along both sides of the adjacent roadway property and picked up 26 bags of litter.
During the last few months, inmate workers were used for clean-up duties on various county owned properties in Yavapai County. One of the larger projects involved the clean-up of a site on E. Mingus Street in a residential area of Cottonwood. The work was completed in 3 phases and involved the removal of overgrown dry brush, wood, metal, cable, paper, plastic, etc.
Inmates were also used recently for major brush clean-up around the YCSO driving track and evidence facility in Prescott Valley.
Inside the Detention Center, inmate workers are used daily in the kitchen where as many as 1800 meals are prepared during each 24 hour period. Selected inmates work as part of the laundry crew to provide clean clothing and bedding to the entire inmate population. These workers process up to 1200 pounds of laundry per day. Inmate workers are also assigned to facility maintenance which involves the care of floors and all painted surfaces in the 108,000 square foot building.
Around Yavapai County inmates are utilized at both fleet service locations in Prescott and Camp Verde. As needed, inmate workers are deployed anywhere in the county for ground maintenance and as helpers. Some of the specialized duties include work at the Cottonwood Senior Center in support of the non-profit effort to serve over 250 meals a day to Verde area residents.
Inmates allowed to participate in these various assignments are all screened and considered minimum custody. Workers receive credit against their daily meal expense and a small weekly allowance.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov