PARIS – Twenty-one towns in Oxford County participated this summer in Operation Cleanup, a program offered by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department.

Last year, 17 towns took advantage of free labor from inmates at the Oxford County Jail to keep roads litter-free.

The inmates receive one day off from their jail sentences for every two days worked. Each town gets up to two days of labor for litter collection and street-sweeping.

Operation Cleanup took place over 38 days in May and June, and each inmate put in 266 hours picking up trash and rubbish on town streets and highways. Crews from the jail walked a total of 245 miles this year.

Last year, crews logged 237 hours and walked 203 miles over 30 days.

There is no cost to the towns for the service. All costs associated with Operation Cleanup, such as correctional officers, transportation, lunches, trash bags, gloves and safety equipment, are paid from the Adult Programs Account, which is generated from state Department of Corrections inmate work projects.

Sheriff Lloyd “Skip” Herrick said he hopes that other towns will participate next year. The program is administrated by Lt. Lauretta Sanborn, assistant jail administrator and inmate program coordinator for the Oxford County Jail.

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