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Public Safety Works Lends a Hand Along the C&O Canal


photo1March 14, 2012 - One of the strong partnerships the DPSCS Public Safety Works restorative justice initiative has formed is with the National Park Service, which maintains the C&O Canal trail and its more than 184-mile-long park.

This spring, inmates have been helping out with a very labor intensive project: building a retaining wall for a new campground along the Potomac River. “The inmates are a big help to us,” says David Hixon, Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor at the C&O Canal National Historic Park. “The inmates we have seem to be proud to be a part of this construction and are very good workers.”

Secretary Gary Maynard has personally met with the superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historic Park, and other inmate crews have already done quite a bit of work there.

photo2Other projects with other National Park Service properties are being explored, and of course inmates have already re-forested portions of Antietam National Battlefield, a project which drew high praise from that park’s superintendent.

Public Safety Works provides government agencies and non-profits with low-security inmates who are soon to be released. These inmates perform projects that the agencies could not otherwise do, given their manpower and resources. These tend to be meaningful community-enhancing projects that far eclipse the scope of the normal inmate roadside litter detail.

To find out if Public Safety Works can work for you, contact John Rowley at 301 729 7690.