You’ve seen the men and women on the roads and at various landscaping projects.
They’re inmates of the Hampden County Jail and women’s correctional facility.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Park Superintendent Patrick Sullivan saluted them at the Forest Park Carriage House for the work they do as part of a program that begun 25-years ago by retired Sheriff Michael Ashe and continued by his successor Sheriff Nick Cocchi.
“The bottom line is to save the city millions of dollars, probably more importantly you can’t put a price tag on the pride that it builds with the residents that come out and do their jobs giving back to the community proven skills,” Mayor Sarno told 22News.
These are necessary projects that bring the jail population to where they’re needed most. It’s a program that involves many prisoners doing a vast number of improvement projects.
“We have ten crews out on the street every day working in the City of Springfield, about 900 hours of community service a week just in Springfield,” said Kevin Crowley, deputy superintendent of Hampden County Jail.
Mayor Sarno and Park Superintendent Sullivan added to the sense of pride for these incarcerated men and women. The hope being, their work out on the roads and on municipal projects will help them towards their full rehabilitation.