The Sonoita community came together today to show their appreciation for the Arizona Department of Corrections inmate work crews.
The work crews clean and maintain the Santa Cruz County fair grounds and court house.
Judge Keith Barth started the event as a way to show the inmates that the community appreciates the extra effort they put into serving on a work crew.
Judge Barth says that in addition to serving their time, the inmates are taking the extra step to give back to the community while they pay their debt to society. And that is something that should be acknowledged.
Major Dwayne Mormon with the Arizona Department of Corrections says that serving on the work crew gives the inmate the opportunity to enhance and fine tune their skills.
When they get out they can become a productive member of society and hopefully stay out of prison.