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RIDOC Inmates Log Nearly 60,000 Hours of Community Service in ’08

In 2008, Rhode Island Department of Corrections Minimum Security inmates logged 59,188 hours of community service in response to requests from partner agencies around the state. “The Department makes every effort to engage all work-eligible inmates in assignments that will improve the quality of life for our state’s citizens and better prepare them for their eventual release,” notes Corrections Director A.T. Wall.

Minimum Security inmates helped with setup, cleanup, and assorted tasks at the following 2008 events around the state: the Rhode Island National Guard’s Air Show at Quonset Air Base, the Viet Nam Veterans’ Association’s Operation Stand Down at Cumberland’s Diamond Hill State Park, the Cranston Senior Center’s daily activities and Senior Games, The West Warwick Senior Center’s daily activities and special events, the Salvation Army’s holiday food basket project, and the Governor’s Bay Day.

Inmates earn up to $3/day, which gets deposited into their Inmate Account after unpaid court fees and fines are collected.

“The relationships we have with various non-profits and government agencies around the state to whom we provide inmate labor are a win/win for all parties,” says Director Wall. “Important projects can be completed at minimal cost and offenders learn and practice valuable skills in preparation for life n their home communities.”

Anyone interested in requesting an inmate crew should contact James Vierra, Warden of Minimum Security, at (401) 462-1234.

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