Inmates from Middlesex County Jail worked to complete preparation and painting work at the new, temporary home of the Medford Department of Public Works yard.
Dressed in paint-splattered, jail-issued red uniforms, the inmates rolled white paint onto the exterior of a vacant warehouse on Commercial Street.
The project, part of the county's Community Work Program, puts inmates to work on municipally owned property around the county to save taxpayers money, according to the office of Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.
At the temporary DPW site, the inmate workers saved the city about $5,000 in labor costs, said Mayor Michael McGlynn, who met with Koutoujian to watch the work progress.
The city is using the warehouse at no cost, courtesy of Colonial Nissan, which owns the property, McGlynn said.
Countywide, the program is on track to match the $1.5 million in labor cost-savings realized in 2011, Koutoujian.
"Medford is an aggressive user of our services," the sheriff added.
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