Use of Inmate Labor on PA Highways Is Picking Up

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Hundreds of minimum-security prisoners will soon be picking up litter and doing other chores along Pennsylvania roads as the Department of Transportation and the Department of Corrections expand the program now operating at five state prisons to all 25.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the goal is to have the new crews on the road within six months. By this time next year, hundreds of prisoners could be working on the road for about six hours a day instead of two or three dozen a few times a week.

The program would operate year-round. It would supplement PennDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway program and the annual Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful campaign, held for the past 26 years, in which more than 250,000 volunteers fan out each spring for a comprehensive trash and litter pickup.


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