The inmate worker program is offered to non-violent criminal offenders. Eligible inmates can sign up for work details in and outside of the Detention Center. Only inmates that have misdemeanor convictions may participate in this program.
The Horry County Sheriff's Office uses inmate workers and has for decades. This type of program allows inmates to earn credits and reduce their jail term. Inmates do not earn any wages for participating in this program. This service provides several benefits, it allows inmates to reduce their jail sentence, saves costs for the Detention Center and other government entities in Horry County.
Each person is assigned to a different work detail. Work details range from work in and around the Detention Center to projects outside of the jail. Projects outside of the jail are becoming more demanding. Local groups and businesses are seeking this free source of labor to help with projects around the City of Conway, the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County. The inmate workers wear very distinctive uniforms.
The inmates work under the direction of the agency that is using them. Some of the agencies that take advantage of the inmate labor include the City of Conway, the City of Myrtle Beach, and the Horry County Government and Justice Center. The inmate workers also collect litter from our local highways.
The future of the program looks positive. Numerous groups and agencies express an interest in using the inmate workers for projects in an ongoing basis. This type of program is a proactive approach to rehabilitation and providing community service. It allows inmates the opportunity to give back to the community and reclaim a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Inmate Worker assignments at the Detention Center include:
LAUNDRY WORKERS: The laundry workers are responsible for washing inmate laundry which includes uniforms, undergarments, and linens. They are also responsible for maintaining the cleaning materials such as mops, mop heads, and cleaning cloths. There are three laundry workers split up between three separate shifts.
KITCHEN WORKERS: These inmates are responsible for preparing, cooking, delivering, and cleaning up of the food served to all inmates. There are a total of 16 kitchen workers split up between two shifts. These inmates are closely supervised by the staff.
CLEANERS: These inmates are responsible for sweeping, mopping, and cleaning the inside of the facility. These inmates are also responsible for any inside maintenance duties that arise. Cleaners also do such jobs as waxing and buffing floors, and clean vents. Occasionally, they wash and clean vehicles belonging to the Detention Center.