SE Ohio Inmates Included In Trash Pickup Detail Plans

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WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Mon, Jul 2, 2012 8:02 am

The state of Ohio will use prison inmates to pick up highway trash and save some of the $4 million spent each year on roadside cleanups.

The program begins Monday with minimum-security inmates from prisons in Grafton and Mansfield in northern Ohio. 
 
The program will expand to prisons in areas including Nelsonville, Chillicothe and Lancaster. 
 
Inmates will be used within 30 miles of their prisons.
 
The state has used inmates for highway cleanups in the past. 
 
This program results from a formal agreement effective Sunday between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the prison system.
 
Minimum-security inmates who participate must qualify for work outside the prison walls. 
 
Almost one-third of Ohio's nearly 50,000 inmates are classified as minimum or low security.
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