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LA Inmates Could Go To Work

Inmates at LA county´s largest jail complex could find themselves among grapes and golf balls.

The Sheriff´s Department is floating plans to put inmates to work at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, which is about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. Officials hope some of the six-thousand inmates can learn job skills by tending to vineyards or grooming a golf driving range.

Sheriff Lee Baca says the inmate work ideas are examples of creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Some critics, however, believe the vineyard project would encourage drinking behind bars and call the driving range inappropriate.

Jail officials say the proposed vineyard would be used to make table grapes NOT wine. There have been discussions with a developer over the golf driving range, but no final decision has been made.