DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION COMMUNITY WORK CREWS JOIN WITH DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION TO PREPARE ESPLANADE FOR FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
DOC work crews are minimum security inmates nearing release or parole eligibility who provide labor to the state, local communities and non-profit organizations. They are supervised on site by DOC Correction Officers and staff. The work experience allows inmates an opportunity to return something positive to the community during their incarceration as well as learn responsibility. Inmates engaged in work release and programming improve their ability for successful reentry when they return to their communities upon release. Reentry is sound public policy which promotes public safety.
Additionally, at a time when cities and towns are struggling with resources, these inmate crews play an important role in performing work that might otherwise not be done. In 2009, there were 401 community work crews providing over 1.1 million work hours saving the Commonwealth over $8.1 million
The inmate crews providing services this week have been picking up trash, setting up chairs and barricades, mowing grass, and providing other beautification projects in preparation for this week's events. After the concert, the crews will move in shortly after the crowds have left and work throughout the overnight hours to remove tons of trash and restore the Esplanade to a pristine condition for those visiting the next day.