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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - If you've done any driving at all in the past few days, you probably have plenty of experience trying to dodge potholes.

To help repair more pot holes and stretch already strained resources, Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti has come up with a collaborative way to stretch tax dollars.

Ginnetti and Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene teamed up to use people in the sheriff's Day Reporting Program to help patch potholes on county roads.

Sheriff Greene said, "It's a win-win situation that helps alleviates jail overcrowding and saves money for taxpayers."

Greene explained the work program is also a way for the inmates to give back to the community for whatever crime they committed.

The extra manpower means instead of four crews, there are now five crews to patch pot holes along 500 lane miles of roads in Mahoning County.

Sheriff Greene says the workers are supervised and are non-violent offenders sentenced for minor crimes.

He says they already work during the year doing landscaping on government property, washing cars, and doing snow removal.

Ginnetti says there has been 30 to 36 inches of frost beneath the surface of the roads, so the damage is extensive. He expects more pot holes as the ground continues to freeze and thaw.

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