When a new jail expansion opens soon in Anderson County, the sheriff says he wants to let certain inmates out during the day so they don't lose their jobs while behind bars.

Sheriff Paul White wants to start up a workhouse program for some jailed offenders. Selected inmates would go to their jobs, then head back to jail each day after work.

He says it could help with overcrowding because each day an inmate works would count as two days toward their sentence.

"If you have a job then when you get paid on Fridays you have to reimburse the jail for staying at the jail. So they'll be more or less paying their own way if they're in the workhouse program," said Sheriff White.

Sheriff White says it'll be up to the county commission on Monday to give a final decision on the workhouse.

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