Chesapeake seeks permission to have inmates work

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - The city manager of Chesapeake wants to put state prisoners to work.

William Harrell says Chesapeake Correctional Center inmates could work on private properties that have become public nuisances or on community improvement projects.

The city is seeking a court order that would permit inmates to work on private property removing litter, old appliances and debris and trimming weeds and grass, among other things.

Chief Deputy Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O'Sullivan says inmates would be screened before being allowed to work on private property. The sheriff's department has long used inmates for cleaning up public property.

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