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Peachtree Corners votes to use inmate labor

PEACHTREE CORNERS — The mayor and City Council voted to approve an agreement with Gwinnett County for the use of inmate labor during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The labor, which will be used on Peachtree Corners Circle, will be used for maintenance work.

“We approached the Department of Corrections about help,” said city planning manager Diane Wheeler. “Their rate is $310 per day for the whole crew. It seems like an excellent solution for us.”

Councilman James Lowe was concerned about what types of inmates asking, “Inmates with misdemeanors or felonies?”

“Generally the inmates are about to be released, so they have a lot to lose,” councilwoman Jeanne Aulbach said. “I’ve worked with them before and we had no problems.”

Wheeler added other municipalities within the county use inmate labor and the inmates are under armed guard.

“They’re required to be under armed guard,” she said.

For now, Wheeler said she is looking at using inmate labor once a week, but depending on the need, it could be more.

The council also approved a resolution to submit for official review the 2033 comprehensive plan to the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.