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The Auburn News

AUBURN, Mass. – Responding to a request from the Town of Auburn, a group of inmates, from the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction spent a week at Auburn Fire and Rescue.

The work crew was made up of officer-supervised inmates convicted of non-violent crimes who have earned their place in the program. Auburn saved over $80,000 in 2011 through the program. Some other projects included the Auburn VNA, Horgan Rink, and the Senior Center. The program not only saves communities thousands in taxpayer’s money, but also provides inmates with a feeling of productivity and dignity.

“The Community Service Program is a valuable resource for our local communities, a true win-win,” Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis said. “The inmates are able to complete much-needed projects at no cost to the taxpayer.”

Evangelidis doubled the size of the community service program shortly after he was sworn in last January.

“I was very pleased with the work that was completed at both of our stations. Both the staff and the inmates were extremely pleasant. It is nice to have this service available because some of these larger scale projects are just not possible for us to do,” Auburn Fire Chief Stephen Coleman Jr. said.