The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office has expanded the inmate work program and is now giving inmates the opportunity to help clean state Highway 58.
Usually the inmates work in the jail cooking or cleaning, but Sheriff Chris Hill wanted to get them out to pick up the litter along the highway. For the first time in Lenoir County, the inmates can volunteer to help and in some cases can get their sentence reduced if they choose to pick up trash.
In just two days, the inmates have picked up 36 bags of trash in a 1.5 mile stretch of the highway. Hill says this is what the community wanted to see and he has heard nothing but positive support.
"I go around the county and I see that our highways are just littered with trash and there is really no reason for that...so the one way we can turn things around and put inmate labor to work for the citizens is to get them out here and pick this trash up," Sheriff Hill said.
Even though this is Hill's last year as sheriff, he says he would like to see this program continue and expand over the years to come.