In government today, we have to be creative, and we have to partner, to do more with less. When it comes to using inmate details to clean up our communities, that's exactly what we've done.
Today, we received a report showing that the joint Hamilton County/Cincinnati effort to use inmate "details" in communities across the County is off to a remarkable start. From August to December 2008, the details removed 237,270 pounds of garbage off neighborhood streets, and cleaned 808 total miles (further than the distance from here to New York City) in major corridors, gateways, and business districts throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
And as well know, cleaning up our communities is an essential part of making them safe.
Financial support for the Partnership comes from grants totaling $120K from 3CDC, the City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services, and the Hamilton County Solid Waste District (and not the County’s general fund). The funds pay for the deputy salaries who supervise the inmates. The deputies also cite property owners who fail to follow code.
In Hamilton County, the cleanup areas include: Cheviot, Forest Park, Mt. Healthy, Lincoln Heights, Colerain, Green Township, Delhi, and Golf Manor. In Cincinnati, the areas include: West End, Westwood/Price Hill, Northside, Walnut Hills / East Walnut Hills, Avondale, Evanston, Madisonville, and Corryville / CUF and Over the Rhine.
This is a great start, and we look forward to rolling this out to other communities.