From the Ask Joe File one of our viewers has a question about an inmate work crew that gave students and parents a scare this week.
Michelle wrote in asking why a Washoe County inmate work crew was allowed to be working so close to Roland Melton Elementary School on Wednesday, September 11 th ?
Michelle, it sounds like this was an oversight that has now been corrected. The inmates, who are all low level offenders by the way, were doing some work at a sports complex and park near Roland Melton. Michelle even sent in a photo showing the group in their striped jumpsuits at work.
I talked to Bob Harmon with the sheriff's office. He says the work crews started at 7:30 in the morning over at the park and when a parent approached them with concerns they wrapped up their work and moved on.
I also spoke with the principal today, Mary Slagle. She says she was pretty alarmed to see the work crew and so were the students. But she says she's been assured the work crews won't be out so close to the school again.