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Inmates help keep Lenoir County highways clean

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KINSTON, N.C. - Lenoir County highways are getting a facelift thanks to inmates.

In May, The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office launched an inmate highway clean up program. The program is an expansion of the Lenoir County Detention Center's work program.

The work program allows pre-screen inmates to spend their days picking up trash along the highways. The inmates are accompanied by armed deputies while they are working.

Hill says this is a great example of using inmate labor to benefit the community.

"It filled a need here in Lenoir County. We have liter in the roads, in the medians. We have the ability to get it up and at very little cost to the taxpayers. So there became a chance to do something like this," said Hill.

All the inmates who participate in the highway clean up  volunteer for the program.

Hill says so far the inmates have picked up hundreds of bags of trash, that are picked up by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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