Part 5: Inside Century Correctional – Reel Mowing And Laundry Cents

July 22, 2013

Today, we continue our  look inside the Century Correctional Institution with cost savings in the laundry. Our series will continue later this week with a look inside the prison’s most secure housing unit and more.

Cost savings. That’s what running a state agency in Florida is all about these days.  The lawnmowers used inside the fence at Century Correctional Institution look like they are on the last half of their own life sentence.  Nobody seems to know just how old they are, but with minimal maintenance and a blade sharpening from time to time, they just keep on going. The old fashioned reel mowers are all prisoner powered, no gas engines here.

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The CCI laundry is, obviously, a busy place. The laundry washes all clothes, blankets and linens for the entire main unit population and the nearby work camp. There are 23 inmates assigned to work in the laundry.

The laundry is working toward using their own detergent at a cost of about 2-cents per load. And that’s not where the frugality ends. The laundry makes all their own boxer shorts for the inmate population, and they have recently started using the small and medium size shirts to make larger shirts and pants.

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Pictured top: Old fashioned prisoner-powered reel mowers are using on the prison grounds. Pictured above and below: The CCI laundry. photos, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Part 5: Inside Century Correctional – Reel Mowing And Laundry Cents”

  1. 429SCJ on July 23rd, 2013 6:48 am

    Those reel mowers are a good punitive tool, both physically and psychologically.

    My department superintendent ordered one back in 79, for grooming around our warehouses there on the air base. When the super retired a few months later, we sent that reel mower to the Defense Reutilization Management Office (Junk Yard)
    and it was tossed in a scrap metal bin. We then went and procured a real mower.

    I would imagine that after a summer of pushing those reel mowers, there would be little need for any state issue in sizes beyond size large.

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