- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond County Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. has announced that his office will provide a work detail of about six inmates to help the city keep grass on public property mowed this summer.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1WQtIGK) that city officials recently announced that because of a lack of funding, the Department of Public Works will only be able to mow parks and medians once this summer. Some volunteers have begun to mow city properties on their own.

Woody says he will select nonviolent inmates for the team, which will “focus on the beautification of public-owned city parks.” Inmates will be paid $10 for the city of each day they work, and will use city equipment.

Public Works spokeswoman Sharon North says the department welcomes “all assistance” throughout the mowing season.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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