Inmates to help save taxpayers money

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN)-Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation spends $4 million on litter pick-up.

ODOT Officials say that money could be used to pave roads, buy snowplows or install guardrails and culverts.

Last year, here in District 7, ODOT spent nearly $368,000 picking up more than 33-thousand bags of trash.

Now, ODOT is joining forces with the Montgomery and Clark County Sheriff’s Offices to have non-violent inmates to collect trash on all Interstate, US and State Routes.

Supervised crews of six to ten inmates will now be responsible for cleaning up roadside year round and the collection will be more frequent.

ODOT officials say it will save more than $50,000 a year.

This new initiative is also apart of the re-entry program.

“They work an 8-hour day.  They pack their lunches.  They are learning responsibility.  They are learning work ethic.  They’re learning how to conduct themselves in a business atmosphere.  All of this,we hope will turn these inmates into productive citizens,” explains Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

ODOT officials say they are also trying to hammer out an agreement with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Volunteers also help reduce the cost of litter pick up by about $280,000 a year, according to ODOT officials.

You can pitch-in by applying to to be apart of an Adopt-A-Highway group.

Currently, there are more than 1,400 groups across the state.

Each one cleans two-mile sections a minimum of four times a year for two years.

Contact ODOT for more information.

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