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"Inmates Working" road sign

Community Work Program

"Inmates Working" road sign

Since 1994, inmate work crews from North Carolina prisons have been performing manual labor for cities, towns, counties and state agencies all across North Carolina. This labor has resulted in significant cost savings for county and municipal governments.  Currently, 1,640 inmates are at work on 10-man inmate Community Work Crews around the state.

Inmate hanging door

Tornado damage cleanup

Community Work Program
North Carolina Department of Correction
Division of Prisons

Year

Inmate hours 
worked

Minimum 
wage

Estimated
labor value

2007

1,016,930

$5.85

$ 5,949,041

2006*

1,108,009

$5.15

$ 5,706,246

2005

1,226,928

$5.15

$ 6,318,679

2004*

1,245,695

$5.15

$ 6,415,392

2003*

1,272,978

$5.15

$ 6,555,837

2002

1,656,839

$5.15

$ 8,532,721

2001

2,296,000

$5.15

$12,054,000

2000*

2,034,975

$5.15

$10,480,121

1999

1,773,949

$5.15

$9,135,837

1998

1,925,520

$5.15

$9,916,428

1997

1,698,705

$4.75

$8,068,848

1996

1,417,479

$4.75

$6,733,025

1995

732,156

  $4.25

$3,111,663

* Estimated hours

Inmate painting window

Tire dump cleanup

CWP check presentation

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