Organizations suffering without inmate labor; asking for solution

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CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) -  Canyon County organizations that use inmate laborers want to bring back the county's suspended labor detail program. They say they can't afford to go without it.   

SILD, the Sheriff's Inmate Labor Detail Program, was put on hold indefinitely last week, because Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue says he doesn't have the staff to keep it running.
   
But the organizations in Canyon County that depend on the approximately 300 inmate workers say they're already suffering without it.

That's why Caldwell Housing Authority Executive Director Mike Dittenber proposed a way to keep the program going to Canyon County Commissioners.

"We came up with an idea of passing that cost burden of administering the program on to those organizations that use it the most," Dittenber said. "For the housing authority, that would still be a tremendous cost savings to us."

Under Dittenber's plan, the agencies themselves would pick up and supervise the low-risk offenders and administer the program from their offices, rather than the Sheriff's.

Commissioners are discussing another proposal. It would remove the Inmate Labor Detail Program from the Sheriff's administration and move it under Misdemeanor Probation.