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      Inmates contributing to community while incarcerated

      They're your typical volunteers with one exception--they're all inmates of the Marquette County Jail.

      "I enjoy it. It's nice to get out," says inmate, Ryan Alman. For Alman, a 30 year old serving nine months for larceny, weeks go by. "When you get to the weekend, it feels like a weekend," he adds.

      This small group of inmates work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, while serving their sentence. It's part of the Marquette County Sheriff's jail work crew program. But not everyone gets to go; certain criteria must be met to be eligible.

      Marquette County Sheriffâ??s Deputy Jacob Lauren says any aggressive history is a deal breaker.

      "They can't be violent, can't be a sex offender, can't have two or more domestic violences," says Lauren.

      Inmates get 10 days off their sentence for every month of work, but some of them say it's not why they signed up.

      Andrew Wrenn admits heâ??s "happy to do it."

      "I do feel like I'm repaying part of the burden I put on society by committing the crime that I did," adds Wrenn.

      And those receiving the free labor, like Tuesdayâ??s employer, the Marquette County Rodeo, say having the crew are a huge asset.

      "From taking down the arena, to putting back up to the arena, cleanup, preparation; it's just huge. Their help is huge," says Jesie Melchiori, a rodeo organizer.