Inmates Serving Large Community

Whenever you have an operation of the magnitude needed to cover the devastation of a hurricane like Katrina, manpower becomes an issue. It just takes so many people to get things done.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is doing its part to supply some that much-needed labor.

Sheriff Billy Sollie is allowing 47 of the county jail's inmates to volunteer and help where needed.

Since the storm hit, inmates have helped deliver ice, clean up the roads and distribute food.

"It gives us a chance to make up for things we done in the past," said inmate David Doreman.

This isn't the first time the inmates have been put to work. They are part of a group designed just for community service.