The section of the Henry Hudson pedestrian trail that runs from Middletown to Union Beach was recently cleaned up by five inmates from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
They also tackled litter on the roadsides of Long Branch during a two-day assignment at the end of June.
Offenders incarcerated for minor offenses with records of good behavior are eligible to volunteer to be a part of the program. Inmates who enroll in the program participate in work projects as an alternative to spending their time in jail.
Last year, 1260 hours were dedicated to working on a range of projects that include cleanup from storm damage recovery, carpentry, painting, working with parks and public works departments and the restoration of historic sites including a Civil War era Compton's cemetery off King's Highway in Middletown.
Communities can request the free service from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Labor Program to beautify their towns. See this link.