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|February 13, 2004
Holland, Director of Communications
COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS GIVE
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB A COMPLETE MAKEOVER
Essex County Community Service crews are adding
sparkle, shine and color to the three-story Lynn Boys and
The crew is made up of offenders- including
probationers, parolees, and inmates who are sentenced to the
Essex County Community Corrections Center. Each Community
Corrections Center has a community service component where
offenders are required to participate in a community service
project as part of their sentence.
Two days a week, four hours a day, a team of
10 to 13 offenders scrape and repaint the gymnasium, locker
room, bowling alley and walls throughout the Lynn Boys &
Girls Club facility. They drain the Olympic-size swimming
pool and clean it as well as move furniture. More than 100
offenders have worked on the project which takes place in
the morning when the club is closed.
"Our agency provides important and much needed
labor to municipalities and social service agencies in communities
throughout the Commonwealth - all free of charge. Through
this work, offenders learn how to be productive in a positive
way," said Kevin Duggan, Statewide Supervisor of the Massachusetts
Trial Court Community Service Program, the agency which assigns
community service projects.
Statewide, offenders completed 23,000 hours
of community service alone during January 2004.
The Lynn Boys & Girls Club is grateful for
the free labor, said its executive director Robert Barker.
"We are a non-profit organization. It has been
a rough stretch for us - especially this time of year. This
is a blessing in disguise," Barker said. "I would venture
to guess that this work is saving us from $10,000 to $15,000
in labor if not more.
The Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service
Program is part of the Office of Community Corrections, both
are under the management of the Office of the Commissioner
of Probation who also oversees the Massachusetts Probation
The Massachusetts Probation Service is a department
of the Massachusetts Trial Court. There are 14 Superior Court,
62 District Court, eight Boston Municipal Court, and 14 Probate
and Family Court probation departments throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation's Juvenile Court System includes 11 divisions which
represent every country in the state. There are 21 Community
Corrections Centers throughout the state.