FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - With limited jail space and lots of roadside trash, a Lauderdale County judge is ordering some offenders to pick up litter in a program that one state senator would like to see expanded statewide.
None of the nine people Lauderdale Circuit Mike Jones has
assigned to a roadside litter detail has asked to be placed in the
work release center or jail instead.
Jones said he believes litter detail sentences will serve as a deterrent to crime and help clean up the county as well.
Under the program begun last month, only those who have pleaded
guilty to or been convicted of nonviolent crimes are eligible for
the alternative sentence.
Democratic State Senator Roger Bedford of Russellville said
lawmakers should take a serious look at beginning a statewide
litter cleanup program.