North Carolina Department of Correction news release

APRIL 20, 1998

Prisoners pick up litter in Spring Litter Sweep

No strangers to picking up litter, thousands of state prison inmates will be joining Spring Litter Sweep, a two-week partnership project endorsed by Gov. Jim Hunt and sponsored by the Department of Transportation.

Minimum and medium custody road squads, prison community work crews and other inmates will combine their efforts with volunteers and organizations such as Keep America Beautiful to pick up trash along North Carolina highways.

Motorists have noticed and complained about the increase in roadside trash, so the Partners for a Litter-Free North Carolina is devoting the weeks of April 20 and April 27 to an intensive clean-up effort.

Following a kick-off campaign at the state capitol, Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said, "State inmates have picked up several tons of trash along North Carolina roadsides during the past few years, and we at the Department of Correction are happy to be a part of this state-wide clean-up effort."

One correctional officer will supervise inmate crews of up to 10 inmates. Minimum custody inmates must be within five years of their release date and have proven themselves to be trustworthy. Only inmates in medium custody work under armed supervision.