The Tehama County Sheriff's Office received high praise at today's board of supervisors meeting for its AB 109 auto repair shop program. The California State Association of Counties awarded the department with a Challenge Award at this morning's meeting. The organization honors innovation in county government, and the AB 109 auto shop was one of twelve programs recognized out of 200 entries across the state.
"It's a pretty proud moment. I'm especially proud of the people that put the work into the program. The department head and I just facilitate it, but the guys and gals that did the work, they're the ones that deserve all the credit," says Sheriff Dave Hencratt.
Non-violent inmates are released to work in the garage, which services vehicles for a variety of county departments. Officials from the sheriff's department say the shop is a great way for the county to save jail space and money while rehabilitating inmates.