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Dabadie Inmates Head to Boot Camp

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ALEXANDRIA, La. -- In just a couple of weeks, inmates from Dabadie Correctional Center will be moving out.  

When Dabadie closes at the end of the month, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office will take in more than 100 inmates at DC-3 boot camp.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford stopped by the boot camp and shows us what they're doing to prepare for the inmates. 

The beds are ready and the painting is about to start at the Rapides Parish DC-3 boot camp in Alexandria.

"We have the space for them here," said Major Vernon L. Creecy, warden. "So, we're going to utilize them here."

140 of the roughly 350 inmates from Dabadie Correctional Center are about to call the old boot camp their new living quarters.

"They closed it and then used it for the records section for the sheriff's department to be used in there," said Major Creecy. "After they got the permission from Dabadie to put the inmates here...we have a warehouse behind us and we put the records back in the warehouse."

While the other half of the Dabadie inmates will go to the Avoyelles Correctional Center, Major Creecy says keeping these inmates in the parish will allow the inmate labor program to continue saving several thousand dollars. And, that makes taxpayers happy.

"I think so," said Betty Skinner of Gardner. "Because who's going to do all the road work and picking up all the trash on the highways that these people throw out that shouldn't be throwing it out?"

"Keeps them busy," said John Skinner, Betty's husband. "Gives them something to do instead of standing up in the cell all day."

RPSO says they don't have an exact cost of how much money renovations will cost. But, keeping inmates in Alexandria will save taxpayers more than $500 thousand.

"It's going to be a benefit for the City of Alexandria and Pineville," said Major Creecy. "It's a lot of work that they do here."

RPSO won't say exactly when the inmates will make the move because they don't want to tell everyone when they'll be transporting the prisoners, but we're told it will be by the end of the month.

And, a lot of people are wondering what will happen to Dabadie's employees. We're told some of them will also make the move to the boot camp.


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