Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Inmate Worker Programs



The Crawford County Correctional Facility offers incarcerated inmates a chance to work off some of their fines and court costs through the Crawford County Courthouse, and the rent for staying in the jail by being an Inmate Worker. This program is overseen by the facility Counselors/Classification Officers, but supervised by all facility staff members.


LAUNDRY WORKERS: The laundry workers are responsible for washing inmate laundry which includes uniforms, undergarments, and linens. They are also responsible for maintaining the cleaning materials such as mops, mop heads and cleaning cloths. There are three laundry workers total split up between three separate shifts.

KITCHEN WORKERS: These inmates are responsible for preparing, cooking, delivering and cleaning up of the food served to all inmates. There are a total of 11 Kitchen Workers split up between two shifts. These inmates are closely supervised by the staff contracted by Canteen Food Services.

CLEANERS: These inmates are responsible for sweeping, mopping, and cleaning the inside of the facility every night on 3rd shift. These inmates are also responsible for any inside maintenance duties that arise. Cleaners have done such jobs as waxing and buffing floors to fixing lights and cleaning vents. They occasionally are responsible for washing and cleaning outside agency company vehicles.


Any male or female inmate that works on the outside of the facility must either be granted Work Release/Community Service Privileges by the Court or granted outside clearance by the Warden or Deputy Warden. All outside Clearance inmates must have perfect behavior, be sentenced by the court, and free from any pending detainers. This program is overseen by the Facility Counselors/Classification Officers, and supervised by the Facility Maintenance Department.

Male Outside Inmate Workers:

These inmates are responsible for maintaining the facility grounds and part of the County Home grounds. Their duties range from mowing grass to doing light maintenance in the summer. Then plowing and shoveling snow and salting walks in the winter. They also maintain the facility composter all year round.

The Composter:

In November of 1999, Pennsylvania’s first In-Vessel Composter was installed on the Crawford County Correctional Facility property to begin a composting program to remove food waste from the landfill waste stream.

The vessel was purchased with funds provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and is capable of composting 1,000 pounds of food waste each day. The entire composting process in done inside the vessel with all residual liquids recirculated within the vessel. Odors generated during the process are fed through a filtering system before being released into the atmosphere. Food waste from the Crawford County Correctional Facility, Quality Living Center and the Crawford County Care Center are collected from these sites and transported to the vessel for processing. The entire Composting operation is supervised by the Maintenance Department at the Crawford County Correctional Facility and operated entirely by Inmate Workers from the facility. Currently, the Composting Vessel is operating at one-third capacity, and expansion of the program is expected in the very near future.


The Female Inmate Workers are responsible for maintaining the facility garden, plus the facility flower beds.

The Garden:

The Crawford County Correctional Facility started a Garden in the summer of 2002. The Garden is planted in June, then weeded, watered and harvested throughout the summer months. The fresh produce is then taken and used by the facility food service to feed the inmates. The use of the Garden and all of the inmate worker programs has saved the County thousands of Dollars Annually.


The County of Crawford lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally it was inhabited by the Iroquiois Indians and other tribes and nations. In later years, the land was acquired by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and resold to settlers. The Commonwealth allocated land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus settlement. The county was formed in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named after Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero and close friend of George Washington.


903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 333-7300
Toll free: 800-982-9019

Fax: (814) 337-0457

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

State of Pennsylvania