James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Director of Public Information (919) 733-4926

May 12, 1999


School children across the state are benefiting from an innovative recycling program that uses inmate labor to refurbish old, worn-out computers. On Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m., 25 of these inmate-recycled computers will be presented to students at Harnett Central Middle School during the school’s PTA meeting.

Inmates from Harnett Correctional Institution repaired the computers as part of State Surplus Property’s Computers for Schools program. Under the program, computers designated as surplus property are recycled and put into the public school system for a nominal service fee.

Since implementing the program in 1997, State Surplus has placed more than 3,000 computers in classrooms, saving school systems across the state more than $5 million. Having limited resources to repair the computers themselves, State Surplus turned to Harnett Correctional Institution for help. There, inmates enrolled in an electronic servicing class, offered on-site by Central Carolina Community College, use their skills to repair the computers.

Representatives from the Department of Correction, State Surplus, Central Carolina Community College, Harnett Central Middle School along with Harnett County Schools Superintendent Bob Beasley and State School Superintendent Mike Ward will be on hand during the meeting to discuss the benefits of the computer recycling project.

Members of the media interested in touring the prison’s electronic servicing class to photograph and interview inmates repairing the computers should make arrangements with Assistant Prison Superintendent Joseph Hall at 910-893-2751.

For more information on the Computers for Schools program, contact State Surplus Officer Jeff Nance at 919-733-3889.

Directions to Harnett Central Middle School, Phone 919-639-6000:

From Raleigh and points north and west: Take 401 South from Raleigh to Hwy 55 East. Take Hwy 55 East to Angier. Then take Hwy 210 South. The school will be on your left.

From Fayetteville and points south and east: Take 401 North to Lillington. Then take 210 North for approximately four miles. The school will be on your right.

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