Bradenton extends inmate labor contract with Florida Department of Corrections

mvalverde@bradenton.comMay 10, 2012 

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council agreed Wednesday to extend an inmate labor contract with the state's Department of Corrections for approximately $58,000.

The contract provides for the employment of a correctional officer who supervises five inmates from a Hardee County prison assisting the city's Public Works and Utilities Department, according to city documents. The current contract was set to expire in early October but the council agreed to renew it for one more year.

The city of Bradenton will allocate about $34,000, and the Downtown Development Authority and Central Community Redevelopment Agency will each

provide $12,000.

The Department of Corrections is responsible for all safety, medical treatment, clothing and feeding of the inmates, according to the contract.

Also Wednesday, Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, gave the council an update on the most recent legislative session, including the passing of a bill that sets a 10-year minimum mandatory prison sentence for violent felons caught in possession of a firearm.

"We are not going to accept this anymore," Boyd said. "There are consequences to your actions."

In other business, the council approved refunding a revenue bond for $1.975 million. Carl Callahan, city clerk and treasurer, said refunding the bond would save the city $20,000 to $25,000 a year for the next 10 years.

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