Inmates work to clean up neighborhoods

By Corey McConnell - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Starting Tuesday, Hamilton County inmates will be a part of a new partnership to clean up the county.

The program is modeled after the "Over-the-Rhine Cleanup," which has been a welcome sight.

For eight hours a day, Hamilton County inmates weed whack, pick up the trash and work to make Over the Rhine a cleaner place for everyone.

"It's making it look nicer making it a better place for people to hang out and its great that they can get out and be a clean up their own community," said  Susan Dirr, and Over-the-Rhine resident.

Now the cleanup is expanding beyond Over the Rhine. For the next year, inmates will clean 16 city neighborhoods and county suburbs. It's a partnership between city and county organizations who believe that clean and safe go hand in hand.

Businesses like the Alabama Fish Bar think the entire county will benefit just like they have.

"It's bad really, but the inmates, they clean up the place real nice. They're here every morning faithfully," said the restaurant's owner, Greg Tillett. "They do a real good job."

It's a win-win for the inmates, and the neighborhoods.

The inmates are all minimum security, non-violent offenders who get two days off their sentence for every day they do work detail.