Jail Inmates Refurbish Dozens of Bicycles to Donate to Underprivileged Adults and Children This Holiday Season
Santa Barbara- December 17th, 2016
Dozens of Santa Barbara County underprivileged adults and children will have bicycles for Christmas, thanks to a long-standing Sheriff’s Office tradition. Each year, the Sheriff’s Office collects bicycles, either through evidence, recovered or unclaimed stolen property, abandonment or through donations. In many cases, the bicycles are in need of minor repair or reconditioning. To get these bikes back on the road and safe to ride, the Sheriff’s Office started a Recycle a Bicycle Program, where Santa Barbara County Jail inmates enrolled in work programs refurbish the bikes and effect minor repairs. The program has grown substantially over the years.
This year, Santa Barbara County inmates refurbished more than 25 bicycles and they were donated to local charities in time for holiday season. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County picked up about one dozen bikes and on Friday, December 16, 2016, the Unity Shoppe picked up about one dozen more.
The Recycle a Bicycle Program gives the inmates an opportunity to give back to their community. It also allows the inmates a chance to develop bicycle repair skills. The Recycle a Bicycle Program requires no budget since inmates do the work and are not paid. The inmates also do not receive additional credits for time off their sentences for participating in the program. This program was a previous recipient of the California State Association of Counties Challenge Award for demonstrating effective, original and cost-conscious ways that counties are serving their citizens.
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