Inmates Finish Up Post-Irene Cleanup To Focus On Fall Litter Sweep

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Inmate crews working to clean up debris from Hurricane Irene have completed their task in eastern North Carolina.

The Department of Correction said Friday that in the past week, inmates cleared debris in the towns of Harlowe and Winton and at a state historic site in Halifax County. Department spokesman Keith Acree said the inmates also returned to beaches in Salter Path and Indian Beach and spent an additional three days assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries in removing hundreds of tires from the sand.

Beginning this weekend, the state's 74 medium-custody road squads and 55 minimum-custody highway litter pickup crews will focus on roadside trash pickup during the annual Fall Litter Sweep which runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 1.


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  • by Davis Location: ohio on Sep 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    i was a prisoner and i want you to know not all inmates are terrible people.. some are just in there for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.. you know and the c/os they do their jobs .. most of them anyway.. 99.9% of them It really kills me to hear people down grading thease prisoners and c/o's becuz im sure the ones running that mouth has been in some kind of trouble before rather it be assult or traffic you been there.. does that make you a bad person?
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      by ALL OVER on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to Davis
      There is two kinds of people. The ones that have been charged and the ones that have not been charged.
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      by just another person on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to Davis
      i agree wit dave though i have never been to prison i do know not everyone in there is guilty and some are not of serious crimes some could be simple as fell on hard times and couldnt pay child support or needed to do something to feed there children anyway i think its good even if they are inmates to be helping with the cleanup from the storm if people dont want them to do they should volunteer there selves
  • by RM on Sep 17, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    And they wonder how drugs get into prisons. The guards cant/dont watch them. They use their cell phones to schedule a pick up. Most prisoners have cell phones these days. Keep them where they belong, behind bars so they can not escape and hurt someone.
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      by C/O on Sep 17, 2011 at 08:11 AM in reply to RM
      Most of the staff working for the Dept. of Correction do an outstanding job. The problem is you only hear about the dirty ones. You'll never see a news report about a C/O doing his job, finding drugs, preventing an escape, extreme staff shortages...While there are inmates who have managed to smuggle in a cell phone, MOST do not have them. You sound like you're either a former inmate or someone who has no clue what you're talking about.
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      by Rhonda on Sep 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to RM
      I have you to know that my son is in prison he is a non-violent offender. He is on a road squad and the c/o to a great job watching them. They do not put violent offenders on the squads. So I pray that you never ride by and see any of your family on a squad with guns being held up it really hurts. If they did not put them out there then would you volunteer to do it! How often do you hear of one escaping? Not very often. The c/o are trained to shoot them if they try to escape!!!!
  • by C/O Location: NCDOC on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    I think they only used inmate labor to clean up storm derbies around TV cameras...
  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    2000 inmates in Greene County and none were used to clean up after the storm, why? Oh, that's right Bev and Keller got rid of the inmate work crews (free labor) to cut costs...
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Inmates do not deserve rights, and should be used to clean up every stick that was disturbed during Irene.
  • by Why not ENC Location: Gville on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    Why not use inmates to finish cleaning up the debris in Eastern NC like Gville? Oh wait might violate there rights!
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