It’s called “Project NICE,” which stands for National Inmates’ Community Endeavors and one Massachusetts county sheriff has an idea about where his prisoners can start being nice.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who was just sworn in for his fourth six-term, believes some of the inmates in his 1100-bed correctional facility could be of use working on a wall at the southern border if President-elect Donald Trump does, indeed, “Build The Wall.”

“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” the Massachusetts sheriff told the press.

Hodgson sees the proposal, which he conveyed to the president-elect, as a “win-win-win” for all parties involved, giving inmates the opportunity to learn skills while serving the nation and saving the federal government money on the construction costs of building the physical border structure.

“Aside from learning and perfecting construction skills, the symbolism of these inmates building a wall to prevent crime in communities around the country, and to preserve jobs and work opportunities for them and other Americans upon release, can be very powerful.”

Critics of Hodgson’s plan were quick to question whether state or federal money would be used to pay for transporting the inmates from Massachusetts to the border, and then housing and supervising them once they were onsite and working on the wall.

While Sheriff Hodgson acknowledged those logistics, he pointed out that the federal government allocates “millions of dollars” tracking, transporting, feeding and housing illegals already, which could be better spent constructing a secure barrier at the border.

Sheriff Hodgson, who has been open in his criticism of President Obama’s immigration policies, said, “We won’t have legitimate immigration reform in this country until we build a wall and knowing what I know about President-elect Trump, I gotta imagine he’s looking for every resource he can that’s going to be the least expensive approach.”

The Bristol County House of Corrections houses 1100 male and female inmates sentenced to less than three-years with various security designations.

Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union came out against Hodgson’s proposal calling it “slave labor,” as well as, “perverse, inhumane and likely unconstitutional.”

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, released a statement vowing to fight Trump’s plan with “every tool in our toolbox, including litigation, to stop him.”

 
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