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Sykesville Cuts the Ribbon on Inmate-Made Masonry Gateway Signs


October 6, 2011---The Carroll County town of Sykesville cut the ribbon on its huge new gateway signs, another project of the DPSCS Public Safety Works campaign.

The signs were made by pre-release inmates who learned masonry while incarcerated, another important effort by DPSCS to train inmates in usable skills that might help them become employed upon their release. Three inmates who worked for weeks this past year to construct the signs with the guidance of a contractor were on hand to be a part of the ribbon-cutting event.

DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard, State Senator Alan Kittleman, Delegate Susan Krebs, and top leaders from Sykesville and Carroll County attended the ceremony, along with officials from the Warfield Business and Cultural Center, the town’s new business park whose entrance the signs mark.

At fifty feet long and six feet high, the signs are among the largest masonry projects completed by inmates. The bricks used were donated from deconstruction projects.

Public Safety Works has hundreds of inmates daily completing projects for communities and non-profits. The town of Sykesville was thrilled with the inmates’ work, as many other municipalities have been.

For more information on Public Safety Works, and to find out whether your community can benefit from it, call 301-729-7690.