North Carolina Department of Correction news release

Inmates Pick Up Trash For Princeville

FEBRUARY 17, 1997

PRINCEVILLE -- Three squads of inmates are picking up piles of old furniture, yard waste and other trash for the troubled town of Princeville starting at 8:30 Monday morning.

Princeville has had problems with its trash pick-up for several months due to the town's severe financial problems. The State Treasurer's office began managing the town's operations Feb. 4. State Treasurer Harlan Boyles requested the inmate labor and said, "This is the type of help which Princeville needs to get back onto its feet so that it can manage its own affairs. I am pleased at the prompt and enthusiastic response from the Department of Correction."

Princeville's town manager sent a notice to citizens over the weekend alerting them to the scheduled trash pick-up. The job will take two or three days or longer. The Department of Transportation will provide the trucks and the inmates will come from Greene Correctional Center in Greene County.

Inmates have already done some work in Princeville, reading the water meters and getting the serial numbers off the water meters.

"This is the kind of work Gov. Jim Hunt envisioned when we began the Community Work Program several years ago," Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said. "We are pleased to be able to provide the manpower to help the citizens of Princeville."