A new program is getting New Hanover County inmates out of their jail cells and onto the streets to pick up trash.
The New Hanover County Sheriff, Ed McMahon, said only inmates that meet certain qualifications will be allowed to participate and he said no violent criminals will be allowed.
The Sheriff said that in the two weeks they have been testing out the program the inmates have already picked up 2,000 pounds of trash.
"Our community and how we look is a reflection of us as a whole. If we have a lot of trash in the streets we are going to have to pay to pick it all up. We thought this was a way the inmates could make a big impact and get out and do something and give back to the community," Sheriff McMahon said.
Officials said for every week the inmates work, they get one day off of their sentence.
The Sheriff's Office said that this is the third phase in their inmate work program. Inmates are already working in the landfill and the recycling center.
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