RALEIGH, N.C. -- Inmates might not pick up litter from the side of the road. That’s after lawmakers passed the state budget.
The new move means The Department of Public Safety/Adult Correction must now submit a bid to the Department of Transportation like any other contractor.
WFMY News 2 first reported in a Verify report that currently 1,200 inmates are assigned to litter crews and road squads across the state. WFMY News 2 also found out The Department of Public Safety (DPS) receives $9.5 million dollars from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to pay the inmates. But, NCDOT will no longer support the litter crew program and 183 positions (correctional officers) will be eliminated.
The House gave its final approval Thursday to the budget bill by a vote of 77-38. The Senate completed its voting Wednesday.
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