Montgomery, AL (Vocus) November 10, 2010
Sumter, SC Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center is implementing a program that gives inmates incarcerated for nonpayment of child support a chance to help their families while behind bars. The voluntary program allows inmates to enroll in an adult education program and learn trades. Inmates enrolled in the program have the opportunity to learn a marketable trade and to produce hand crafted items such as picnic tables, planters, swings, garden/storage sheds, lounge chairs, and bird houses that will be auctioned on http://www.GovDeals.com. The proceeds, minus material costs, will then be paid to the Family Court on the behalf of the inmates, who volunteer, for payment on their child support balance.
The first auction will begin Thursday, November 11, 2010 and will include 10 heavy duty picnic tables and one swing. “We hope that by implementing this program we help people become more productive members of society and it will also help struggling parents that have not been receiving child support payments. If we just put people in jail, the victims are not getting the help they need. We have had great success with GovDeals in the past and I am sure that this program will be a success as well. It should be noted that each piece will have a serial number plate and will include the initials of the builder(s). This furthers pride in ownership in this program,” says Simon Major, Director of Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center in Sumter, SC.
GovDeals (http://www.govdeals.com), an online auction service for City, County and State governments and agencies is designed to conduct online sales of their surplus and confiscated vehicles, heavy equipment and other property. Since 2004 GovDeals has assisted Sumter County and Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in the sale of 377 surplus and seized property items that generated over $585,595. Bidders can register to participate in this auction free of charge at http://www.govdeals.com.
About GovDeals and Liquidity Services, Inc.
GovDeals, Inc. is a subsidiary of Liquidity Services, Inc. LSI and its subsidiaries enable corporations and government agencies to market and sell surplus assets quickly and conveniently using online auction marketplaces and value-added services. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has over 700 employees worldwide. Additional information about LSI can be found at: http://www.liquidityservicesinc.com.
N.G (Luke) Lukens
Surplus Property Manager
Sumter County, SC