Gross told a Prison Board meeting last week he discovered big savings while assessing the need for 18 bunk beds.
The warden said buying the beds would cost more than $11,000 but it would be only about $3,400 to "purchase the raw materials ... and we could make our own bunk beds because we have an inmate here, assigned to work-release, who is a welder," the Lehighton (Pa.) Times News reported Monday.
Gross said the inmate volunteered to assemble the beds under the supervision of prison maintenance supervisor Charles Neff.
The board approved the $3,400 cost for the project.
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