Mean Gene would probably know how feasible that is. He'll probably read this soon, but you could also PM him. I think it's a good idea, but I don't know if they have a program over there for that kind of thing, as they used to (and may still) have in SC.
Sorry, can't help you with that one, don't know the current rules on using inmates in NYS. We arrested them, the county was responsible for feeding and controlling them.