Litter Pickup By Inmates Gets ‘Trashed' After Lawmakers Pass State Budget

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Inmates might not pick up litter from the side of the road. That’s after lawmakers passed the state budget.

Read: General Assembly Approves 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.

Read: VERIFY: Litter Pickup- Inmates Versus Private Contractors

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.

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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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