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The Daily Voice – Holden:  by Daniel Castro

HOLDEN, Mass. — With the help of the Sheriff’s Inmate Community Service Program, the grounds of the Holden Public Safety Building recently received some sprucing up.

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis provided free inmate labor for the Holden project at the request of Police Chief George Sherrill.

“I can not thank Sheriff Evangelidis enough for providing the Inmate Community Service Program to the Holden Police Department to complete some much-needed landscaping work, weeding and edging of our department grounds,” said Sherrill. “The sheriff’s inmate work crew has done a highly professional job and has saved our department several thousands of dollars in landscaping and maintenance costs. This is a tremendous program.”

In 2011, the program provided inmate work crews to complete projects at the town’s fire and police stations, emergency medical services, Friends of the Red Barn and a number of other local non-profit organizations, resulting in a significant savings of over $30,000 for Holden’s community, according to Evangelidis.

The sheriff’s inmate work release crews are made up of nonviolent, non-sex offender individuals approaching the end of their sentences who have earned a place in the Community Service Program.

For more information on the Sheriff’s Inmate Community Service Program please contact the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at 508-854-1938 or visit the website.