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ECI Lifers Give Back to a Local School

(January 18, 2013) --- Inmates serving life on the east compound of Maryland’s largest prison made a most meaningful contribution this week. The Eastern Correctional Institution lifers’ group, supervised by Volunteer Activity Coordinator Virginia Warren, spearheaded an inmate fundraising photo1drive that culminated with inmates actually buying school supplies for Greenwood Elementary in nearby Princess Anne.

Greenwood’s principal Cheryl O’Neal came to the prison to accept the hundreds of supplies that filled several tables. Inmates purchased the notebooks and other school needs right from their commissary, a donation the small school in one of Maryland’s most rural counties won’t soon forget.

Department-wide, inmates pay back a lot. Inmates make colorful pillowcases for children in cancer hospitals and knit winter caps for low-income kids. Lifers, incarcerated veterans, prison Jaycee chapters, and other groups annually raise thousands for charities and local service organizations. It’s called “restorative justice,” but what it really means is doing good for the society they’ve harmed.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services salutes the staff and inmates at Eastern Correctional Institution and applauds all similar restorative justice efforts “behind the wire.”