Sentenced inmates in Summit County may be made trustees. Trustees clean the detention facility, do laundry, help prepare meals, clean dishes, paint, wash government vehicles and conduct work crews. Trustee labor normally accounts for approximately one full-time employee worth of labor at the Summit County Recycling Center.
Trustees also help clean the Summit County Animal Shelter, pick up trash and debris alongside roads, shovel snow, conduct landscaping at County buildings and perform projects
for municipal governments and local non-profits.
In 2009, the SCSO instituted “Operation Produce,” a program that transports trustees to a farm in the Front Range to harvest fresh vegetables for use in the detention facility and local food banks. All these activities save labor costs to the organizations since they do not have to hire additional employees to accomplish the work goals. Trustee labor may only be used by government and nonprofit organizations.