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La. treasurer urges governor to use inmate labor to help with flood recovery

John Kennedy (Source: WAFB) John Kennedy (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said he is urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to use inmate labor in helping the state recover from August’s historic flooding.

Kennedy sent a letter to the governor on the matter.

"The flooding impacted thousands of homes and buildings," Kennedy said in a written release. "Our citizens and our local governments need help. We can and should use inmate labor to gut homes and other buildings. We especially should use inmate labor to rehabilitate any state buildings that sustained damage."

According to Kennedy, Louisiana law allows for inmates to assist following a disaster. He said inmates have been used to clean shelters, fill sand bags and work on flooded correctional facilities. He suggests they be used to supplement the Shelter at Home program by removing dry wall, soaked carpet, etc.

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