Massachusetts sheriff offers Donald Trump inmates to help build US-Mexico border wall

President-elect Donald Trump has been offered some unlikely help for the wall he wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Boston Globe reports that Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County, Massachusetts, said during his inauguration on Wednesday that he thinks his inmates could contribute.

He reportedly told the audience, "I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall."

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Hodgson is also quoted as saying, "Aside from learning and perfecting construction skills, the symbolism of these inmates building a wall to prevent crime in communities around the country, and to preserve jobs and work opportunities for them and other Americans upon release, can be very powerful."

These efforts would likely be a part of a program called Project N.I.C.E., or National Inmates' Community Endeavors, which emphasizes on rehabilitation and disaster relief, notes CBS News.

However, the Boston Globe points out that Hodgson did not discuss a source of funding for ancillary costs like housing and transportation.

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Trump declared the need for a southern wall on the first day of his contentious and historic presidential campaign, and it has since been a central pillar of his platform.

Last month, the president-elect expressed his intention to follow through with the plan on Fox News.