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Camden sheriffs finds funding for inmate education

Posted at 8:23 AM, Sep 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 08:23:00-04

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — Reacting to funding cuts, the Camden County sheriff's office will use commissary sales to fund inmate education efforts.

Three months ago, state funding that pays for an instructor's salary was cut in half.

Jail Administrator Rob Mastroianni said the facility is now making up the funding gaps using revenue from its commissary, where prisoners can buy snacks and personal items. State law requires that commissary proceeds can only be spent on programs that improve the quality of life for inmates.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1uVKsvS ) reports there are typically 10 to 15 students enrolled in the jail program.