North Carolina Department of Correction news release
Prisoners put to work helping farmers
AUGUST 28, 1998
Farmer Andrae Richardson
Prisoners from Goldsboro spent today propping up
tobacco plants Hurricane Bonnie knocked down in Johnson
County this week.
Farmer Andrae Richardson said the wind flattened some of the plants in his 50-acre tract of tobacco outside Clayton. To harvest the tobacco, Richardson said he needs the stalks upright. That requires going down each row of tobacco, standing the stalks upright and packing dirt around the bottom.
"What we are doing is taking a row each, and we are going down and coming up," said Correctional Officer James Pittman. "We're just going to set up as much as possible so that they can get the harvester in here."
Pittman said his crew of inmates work every day as part of the Community Work Program. Today they are helping farmers as directed by State Agriculture officials under the State of Emergency, declared by Gov. Jim Hunt.
"For me this is a blessing," Richardson said. "Yesterday I looked at it and just shook my head and now God answered my prayers. It's like sending angels to help me."
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