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A Massachusetts sheriff offered to send inmates to help with Harvey clean up

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A Massachusetts sheriff has offered to send inmates to Texas to help clean up the damage from now Tropical Storm Harvey.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told CBS Boston that it would be a cost-effective way to help with disaster relief.

"They’re already saying there aren’t enough construction workers in the United States to deal with this -- to rebuild," Hodgson said. "So, it seems to me to make sense to have inmates that want to volunteer to get the experience in helping rebuild something."

So far, Hodgson said 10 inmates have already expressed interest.

In order for any Bristol County inmates to participate in clean up efforts, Hodgson will have to gain the approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local sheriffs involved and the National Sheriffs' Association.

Hodgson said he hopes federal disaster relief funds will cover the costs associated with sending inmates to Texas and housing them.

The Massachusetts sheriff previously made headlines after he proposed sending inmates to help build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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