Sheriff’s department takes on anti-litter campaign

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 19, 2000

Adams County should look a little cleaner after this week thanks to the statewide Sheriff’s Anti-Litter Campaign Week. A group of five inmates from Wilkinson County Correctional Facility are staying at the Adams County Jail this week, and while here, they will be picking up litter from state maintained highway rights-of-way.

‘The use of inmate labor to remove litter from MDOT rights-of-way is a valuable tool which is vitally needed to improve the beauty of our Mississippi roadsides,&uot; said Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown.

This is the second year the Mississippi Sheriffs Association (MSA) has implemented this program.

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Last year, state inmates removed more than 20,000 bags of litter from state highways. The work had an estimated value of more than $100,000.7

The inmates who are on the work crews are nonviolent criminals and have all been screened by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for this type of work.

Danny Rollins of the Adams&160;County Sheriff’s Department, said the county could not use local inmates because they have not been through the screening process.

&uot;We don’t have that classification of inmate in the Adams County Jail,&uot; he said.

In Adams County, the inmates will be working along U.S. 61 North and South and U.S. 84.

Motorists are asked to use caution this week as the sheriff’s department continues the cleanup effort.