Brevard County inmates are back on the chain gang

Published On: May 06 2013 07:00:56 AM HST

The sounds of clacking shackles and singing inmates are back along busy Brevard County highways.

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -

The sounds of clacking shackles and singing inmates are back along busy Brevard County highways.

A chain gang program has been put into place in the county. The first group was seen picking up trash Friday along the State Road 528. 

Officials say the old tactic is part of a new push to help the community and prevent crime.  

“They will help us send a message that jail is not the place you want to be,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

The inmates involved say they’re happy to be a part of it.

“Sitting around in a cell, the time goes by really slowly,” chain gang member Charles McCutchen said. “At least you get to help the community. I feel good about it.”

More than 30 inmates have volunteered to join the program.

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