Thursday, July 12, 2007
Sheriff gets certificate from MDOT
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson received a certificate last week for his department’s participation in the state’s anti-litter program.
Inmates under sheriff’s department supervision were already collecting trash along Marshall County roads when in 2002 the department was invited to join the state program for inmates organized by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The partnership with MDOT has enabled inmates to help clean litter on state highways, Dickerson said.
Only non-violent offenders are permitted to work in the anti-litter program, Dickerson said. The program has been highly successful in collecting thousands of bags of litter on two- and four-lane state highways and on county roads, he said.
“It’s a program we’re real proud of,” Dickerson said. “We present a better image of Marshall County to visitors and some decide to move here.”
MDOT assists by providing a van, mileage reimbursement, and pay to the department for a portion of a deputy’s salary. And inmates also benefit, being spared countless hours of boredom and providing useful service while doing their time. Inmates can get time reduced off their sentences by participating in the program.
Dickerson said his department, by carefully selecting inmates who participate in the anti-litter program, has had little difficulty over the years. Only one inmate has walked off.
“And we had him back in custody in a short time,” Dickerson said.
This year from January through May, inmates have picked up 842 bags of litter on state-maintained highways in Marshall County, according to Courtney Blair with MDOT.
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