According to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff:
On April 17, 2013 nine jail inmates filled sandbags for over six hours.
Lake County Emergency Management Agency requested volunteers to assist in a sandbag filling operation.
Community Based Corrections Center Inmates were eligible to volunteer. These inmates are nonviolent offenders who typically spend their days seeking employment, working outside of the jail, and/or attending treatment programs.
Convicted sex offenders are not eligible to participate.
It has been a common practice of the Lake County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division to allow inmates to assist in emergency preparedness and other community assistance. Next week inmates are scheduled to clean up litter in a Lake County community.