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San Joaquin County at Work Program helps take out Manteca graffiti messes
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Manteca Police officer Mike Kelly works with a group of Alternative Work Program (AWP) workers from the San Joaquin County Court system who are reducing their jail time by painting out graffiti in the alleys off of North Street. Kelly is seen answering questions about the project from a neighbor looking over the fence. He said he received positive comments from citizens about the program. - photo by GLENN KAHL
The San Joaquin County Alternative Work Program (AWP) has brought a group of painters to Manteca on Saturdays to remove gang graffiti from fences, walls and buildings in the community.

Manteca Police officer Mike Kelly has been charged with the guidance of the group with its members paying $150 to register for the program.   They are also charged $10 per day to be included in the Saturday painting – the money going to the county.   One SHARP officer, Dick Fisher, has also been assigned to supervise the group.

Manteca gets the workers for free, Kelly said.  For every day served the men have been getting two days of jail time credit.  To be part of the program the workers have had to have less than a 90-day sentence.  They work nine hours each Saturday and over the last six weeks they have used 110 gallons of paint painting the alleys and the walls on the outskirts of Manteca.