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Theodis Beck

North Carolina Department of Correction

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Pamela Walker
Date: September 13, 2002 Phone: (919) 716-3733

Inmates Bagging Trash in Fall Litter Sweep

Inmates from prison facilities across the state are joining the effort to help clean up North Carolina roadways as part of the 2002 fall Litter Sweep. Governor Michael F. Easley issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 16-29 as the fall Litter Sweep in an effort to encourage all citizens and government agencies to take an active role in keeping their communities clean.

"The Department of Correction is once again proud to take part in this important effort of helping keep North Carolina roadways clean," said Secretary Theodis Beck. "The inmates who participate in Litter Sweep appreciate the chance to be a part of a team effort and give back to the community."

Each year, the Department of Transportation organizes Litter Sweep roadside cleanups during the fall and spring. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers, local governments, schools, churches, businesses, concerned citizens and inmates conduct community cleanups in all 100 counties across the state.

During the 2002 spring Litter Sweep the Division of Prisons stepped up its efforts by increasing the hours inmates spent on the roadways. The result: North Carolina inmates cleaned up nearly 7,000 miles of roadways and picked up over 81,000 bags of trash compared to approximately 5,000 miles of roadways and 56,000 bags of trash collected in the 2001 spring Litter Sweep.

Among the locations that will be participating in the fall Litter Sweep are:

Buncombe Correctional Center – Various roadways in Buncombe and Madison counties. Contact Supt. Cliff Johnson, (828) 645-7630.

Rowan Correctional Center – I-85 in Rowan County and various other roadways in China Grove and Salisbury. Contact Elizabeth Laycock, (704) 639-7552.

Bladen Correctional Center – Various roadways in Bladen County.
Contact Sgt. Storms or Sgt. Locklear, (910) 862-3107.

Duplin Correctional Center – Various roadways in Duplin County. Contact Sgt. Tucker, (910) 296-0315.

Tillery Correctional Center – Various roadways in Halifax and Northampton counties.
Contact Sgt. Watson, (252) 826-4165.

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Editor’s Note: Prisons all across the state will be participating. If you would like more information about cleanup efforts in your area, please contact the Public Information Office at (919) 716-3700.

Public Information Office
4202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-4202
(919) 716-3700  Fax: (919) 716-3795
Pamela Walker

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