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\"Commissioner Joe Allen said \"We\'ve got a lot of good people ... ,\" \"In prison?\" asked Charles Schmidt, regional library director.
\"I\'d rather resign\" than have prisoners working in the libraries, said Schmidt
Commission chairman Larry Justice rolled his eyes. So did Commissioner Sam Hart, who shifted his chair closer to Justice. Hart sits between Allen and Justice. Commissioner Bert Bivins lowered his head in a prayer-like manner and placed his right hand over his nose and mouth. Commissioner Dennis Dorsey giggled.
Not Schmidt, who emphatically stressed he didn\'t want any prisoners working in his libraries.
\"I\'d rather resign\" than have prisoners working in the libraries, said Schmidt, who\'s directed Middle Georgia Regional Library for 30 years.
Prisoners won\'t be working at the libraries. The other four commissioners, all of whom enjoyed a laugh over the suggestion, shot the idea down before it got a foothold.
Later, Allen explained he didn\'t mean Bibb authorities were tossing good people in jail. What he meant, Allen said, was that sometimes skilled people - such as roofers and painters - commit nonviolent crimes.