California Department of Transportation
 

 

Q Who are the unhappy-looking people in the orange hard hats we see picking up litter alongside the highway?
   
A.

Those are probationers, inmates or workfare people. This program reduces crowding in jails and provides more than $10 million in service annually to the State of California. Probationers are non-violent offenders and are supervised at all times by the much happier-looking Caltrans personnel in the white hard hats.