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DPSCS Public Safety Works Crews Descend on Trash-Marred Gwynns Falls Trail

photo1(March 22, 2013) --- Twenty-six inmates from Baltimore City pre-release centers descended today on the filthy banks of the Gwynns falls in Southwest Baltimore, as the city undertook a massive cleanup effort along one of its newest trails.

The Gwynns Falls Trail connects to other waterway trails and takes walkers and bikers through a remote and peaceful slice of the city that feels like deep in the country. But the banks of the serene waterway are filled with tons of trash, flood-hurtled logs, and dumped tires.

photo2The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) sent its entire Baltimore City road crew roster - 26 inmates - to help with the first-ever mass-scale cleanup effort. The inmates, supervised by a number of correctional officers, were happy to be outside, and happy to be paying society back - albeit in a difficult environment that showed them firsthand the ravages of our callous treatment of what many years ago was a pristine waterway.

DPSCS Public Safety Works projects have benefitted many municipalities and non-profits for more than four years now. If your neighborhood, town, or non-profit has a job that could benefit from inmate labor, check out Public Safety Works.