The Franklin County Jail will now have work crews, mainly to help pick up littler along the roadways.

Sheriff A.J. Smith said the crews began working Tuesday at the entrance to the bridges, under the supervision of Sgt. Ray Messer.

“Right now it’s just men,” said Smith, although he did not rule out the possibility that women could be part of future work crews.

To participate, the inmates have to be serving county time, which means that they are incarcerated for less than one year.

“We’ll work them year round, said Smith. “They’ll be doing clean up on the sides of the road, mostly beautification and clean up across the county.”

He said the additional cost includes paying for supervisory staff, and that will come out of his annual budget.