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DPSCS partners with Cambridge and Romano Construction to give inmates tremendous job training and pedestrians safer streets

(June 29, 2012)---Thanks to a $370,000 grant from the MD Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Cambridge and DPSCS have photo2entered into a unique partnership that is allowing inmates an invaluable opportunity: the chance to learn concrete work from experts as they help pedestrians negotiate streets that never before had sidewalks.

The historic Eastern Shore town of Cambridge now has sidewalks, curbs, and gutters along some of its streets thanks to this first-of-its-kind inmate labor effort. Romano Construction is so pleased with the inmates’ work ethic, its president says he’d consider hiring the men when they get out.

Tphoto2he inmates are low-security men from Eastern Correctional Institution, the state’s largest prison. They’re getting the chance to learn useful job skills and an actual trade while paying society back in a truly meaningful way---which is exactly the plan of DPSCS and its many restorative justice projects.

In late June, DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard and other top DPSCS leaders joined the Cambridge mayor and town officials for a site visit. All were thrilled to see the progress---of both the men and the streets. So far, inmates have completed more than 2,000 linear feet of sidewalk, complete with ADA-compliant curb cuts, gutters, and drainage systems.

DPSCS appreciates Cambridge showing faith in our restorative justice effort, and looks forward to similar partnerships with other Maryland cities.