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Should Mahoning County continue to use jail inmates to fill potholes even if union members file a grievance?

Yes 62%
No 37%
3512 total votes


1 ytowncrazy (34 comments) posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Its not like the union is out there busting their butts to fill the potholes. I see a couple streets have been patched but that still leaves the vast majority effed. I think they should expand and use more inmates. Its good for everyone. The inmates get to do something productive and it saves the tax payers money and car repairs.

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2 cambridge (3013 comments) posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

If the city or county needs more road workers for these projects they should hire from the pool of local unemployed law abiding citizens instead of giving the jobs to criminals.

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3 makesyathink (40 comments) posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes they should; it's a safety issue.

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4 ytowncrazy (34 comments) posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm all for giving jobs to the local unemployed but the problem is the union will have 3-4 guys watching 1 guy fill the hole. So in this case, inmates are the best alternative to get the work done since it doesn't seem to be getting done otherwise.

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5 jchanse (9 comments) posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Great! Instead of repealing the 13th Amendment and restoring indentured servitude, why not teach prisoners a trade and let city workers do their jobs? it costs less than recidivism.

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6 Marathonman (2 comments) posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Why don't you ask Sheriff Arpaio (Phoenix) how this would work? Their rate of recidivism is the lowest in the country. It's not about indentured servitude - they're C R I M I N A L S! They owe a debt to every law-abiding citizen and hard work may give them a sense of pride and a work ethic. For a city on the brink of bankruptcy it makes perfect sense.

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7 djwellington (4 comments) posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The prisoners DO NOT Get PAID. YOU pay for them to be in jail. At least if they are filling pot-holes you are getting something for your money. How many millions does the Sheriff require to house and heat these criminals.

What is wrong with them giving labor to the county that must feed and shelter them?

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8 2muchtax (321 comments) posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We could sure use a sheriff Arapio here in Mahoning county! Best Sheriff in the country! we could use him for a President! I am sure sheriff Green Will try to clean up our sheriff dept and taxi service for sorentino. but he has his work cut out for him!

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9 76Ytown (1241 comments) posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

"Inmates do not have the proper training on how to fix the roads properly"

It's called "on the job training". I give you a shovel and you fill the hole.

I wonder if richardlewis973 is one of those union guys we see standing around trying to figure out how they're going to fix the pothole while we, the stupid working fools aka taxpayers land in the potholes every day on our way to work... that is if you're anywhere to be seen.

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