Inmates from the Jessamine County Detention Center’s Class D program are building a fence covering 10 acres that will be home to horses from the Camp Nelson Honor Guard.
The work started last Thursday when 10 inmates began to dig post holes and drive posts into the ground near a barn located near the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
Jailer Jon Sallee said inmate labor can be used on projects on public land (owned by the fiscal court), and doing so saves a bundle of money.
“The county is out no labor (costs),” Sallee said.
Tracey Lucas, commander of the Camp Nelson Honor Guard, said the project is something he’s been wanting to do for a number of years.
“I’ve been trying to get this done since 2010,” he said.
Once completed, the 10 acres will be home to around four to six grazing horses, Lucas said.
Lucas said once the fence posts settle, the inmates will return to run the wire.
“It wasn’t an easy job, and even in the cold weather, they never complained,” Lucas said of the inmates.
Sallee said Class D inmates — those convicted of nonviolent crimes — are used throughout the year on various projects.