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Michigan inmates clean up Lake St. Clair island after raucous annual party

St. Clair County inmates get to work after Jobbie Nooner

Inmates clean up Jobbie Nooner on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Inmates clean up Jobbie Nooner on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

CLAY TOWNSHIP, MI – Local inmates missed the party, but got to clean up. 

For the seventh-consecutive year St. Clair and Macomb county inmates were shipped out to Gull Island to clean up after the Jobbie Nooner party on Lake St. Clair. 

Inmates from the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center and from the Macomb County Jail worked Saturday picking up paper, cups, bottles, cans and other debris left behind by partyers.

Thousands of people attended this year's Jobbie Nooner on Friday. 

Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel takes credit for the idea of using inmates to clean up after the annual party. He came up with the idea in 2010, and St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said he was on board with the idea.

Inmates, dresesed in white and black horizontal stripes, were escorted by corrections deputies to the island for the clean-up detail. They used the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Marine Division boats to reach Gull Island. They worked all morning and into the early afternoon picking up trash, and then they're sent back to jail. 

At least the inmates had a nice day outside. Temperatures hit mid- to upper-80s Saturday with full sun.