Massachusetts Department of Correction Inmate Work Crews Clean Up at Boston Marathon
The recycling initiative was introduced in 2008 for DOC community work crews, who have been in operation for over 18 years. The Boston Marathon was the first project in this initiative. Boston's 4 th of July Esplanade extravaganza, Walk for Hunger, AIDS Walk, JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, Head of the Charles Regatta and the Pan Mass Challenge followed.
DOC work crews are minimum security inmates nearing release or parole eligibility. 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. Additionally, at a time when cities and towns are struggling with resources, these crews have played an important role in performing work that might otherwise not be done.
In 2010, 348 community work crews provided one million work hours saving the Commonwealth $8 million. The DOC has provided inmate work crews to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Emerald Necklace Conservatory, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to assist in cleanup projects following several major storms, as well as cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.