SPOKANE, Wash. -- Crews from the Geiger Corrections Center are at the Spokane County Fairgrounds this year to help with upkeep for the Interstate Fair.
The work crew program was started in 1995. It was designed as an alternative sentencing option for low-level offenders, while offering programs to give back to the community.
Since 2003, the Geiger work crews have given more than 979,114 inmate hours in community projects like landscaping, event set up and tear down, as well as snow removal for the elderly.
"We're very clear with the offenders what our expectations are for their behavior in the community and we evaluate their behavior while in the community with them knowing that if they violate those conditions, they can be removed back to jail," said Jason Robison with the Geiger Corrections Center.
In 2015, inmate, Daniel Murkino, walked away from a crew project. He was later found and placed back in prison.
Officials said it is a rarity that crew members run away from projects.
"We're very cognitive of our role within the community. We evaluate [inmate] performance and we're always looking for opportunities to improve and continue this program to give back to the community," said Robison.