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Public Safety Works Rescues Another Neglected Cemetery


October 11, 2011---Minimum-security inmates from Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland worked seven days this fall to restore a long-neglected cemetery in the tiny mountain town of Lonaconing.

Oak Hill Cemetery had had no maintenance for more than four months---the entire summer--- due to a variety of issues, and when inmates showed up, they had their work cut out for them.

Supervised by two officers, the five-man crew tamed the waist-high overgrowth and restored the cemetery to respectability. Townspeople were thrilled, not to mention loved ones of those buried there.

Oak Hill represents another victory for Public Safety Works, the DPSCS initiative that daily puts three to four hundred inmates to work on meaningful community projects that allow them to pay society back while at the same time giving communities and non-profits the chance to do things that otherwise might not get done.

For more information on how your community or non-profit can benefit from Public Safety Works, please call Inmate Public Works Coordinator John Rowley a call at 301 729 7690.

before and after photos