Darlington County prison farm escapes budget cut

Darlington County Council voted to provide funding for the county prison farm for at least another year.

They considered closing it to save money.

Monday night, council members voted to restore $740,000 to the $27 million general fund budget for the farm's operation.

This will keep the prison farm in operation for at least another year. In the meantime, council members will look for another way to fund it.

Darlington County Administrator Dale Surrett says it cost the county about $738,000 a year to run the facility.

The 51-bed minimum security prison was built in the 1930's and houses state inmates with non-violent convictions.

About eleven people are employed at the farm.

The inmates perform more than 99,000 hours of labor for the Darlington County Public Works Department, as well as various other county departments.