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Inmates in the custody of the New Jersey Department of Corrections move furniture from the New Jersey State House in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. A Department of Corrections spokesman says that the inmates are members of the voluntary DEPTCOR program, meant to "develop usable skills." Inmates will refurbish the furniture and move it back when a $3 million renovation of the State House is completed. (AP Photo/Michael Catalini)
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Prison inmates remove statehouse furniture before renovation

Inmates in the custody of the New Jersey Department of Corrections move furniture from the New Jersey State House in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. A Department of Corrections spokesman says that the inmates are members of the voluntary DEPTCOR program, meant to "develop usable skills." Inmates will refurbish the furniture and move it back when a $3 million renovation of the State House is completed. (AP Photo/Michael Catalini)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is borrowing more than $300 million to renovate its statehouse, but some of the work to clear old items out is being done by prison inmates.

Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Schuman said Tuesday the inmates are working as part of the state’s DEPTCOR program, which allows towns and state agencies to use inmate labor for projects.

The program’s website says it employees 900 incarcerated men and women across the state. The inmates are voluntarily assigned to projects to develop usable skills.

Schuman says the inmates will move the furniture, refurbish it and move it back when the renovation is complete. He says only minimum security inmates are eligible for the program.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie commissioned the renovation citing the building’s state of poor repair.

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