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.
Our series “Inside Century Correctional Institution” continues this week on NorthEscambia.com.
Pictured top: Old fashioned prisoner-powered reel mowers are using on the prison grounds. Pictured above and below: The CCI laundry. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.