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Volunteering could shorten Wis. jail sentences

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Brown County inmates can now get their sentences reduced by performing community service.

Sheriff John Gossage said Tuesday eligible inmates will have their sentences shortened one day for every 24 hours of volunteer work. He says the program will allow them the chance to give back to the community.

A Green Bay Press-Gazette report says under the previous system, inmates were only eligible for sentence reductions by working within the jail, usually in the kitchen or laundry room.

Now they’ll be able to mow lawns at the jail and sheriff’s department. If that proves successful, they could soon be allowed to volunteer for supervised duties at local agencies and municipalities.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says projects could include painting, picking up trash and shoveling snow.

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