Md. inmates spruce up playground
Washington Examiner - Online

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Maryland inmates this summer spruced up a long-neglected playground, part of the state's efforts to involve prisoners in public works projects.

The state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said five inmates from the Western Correctional Institution visited the LaVale playground in Allegany County three times to remove trees and weeds from overgrown areas. A civic association member and retired correctional officer had recommended that inmates help clean up the site.

The department is putting hundreds of inmates to work at projects designed to teach them skills and help governments and nonprofits. Other recent projects include placing sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irene, restoring an endangered cemetery and harvesting fruit and vegetables to be donated to the Maryland Food Bank.