Inmates Complete Large Two-Day Cleanup of Sandy Point State Park Beach

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Towson, MD (October 4, 2011)---Maryland Division of Correction pre-release inmates today completed a large two-day cleanup of one of the state’s most popular public beaches outside of Ocean City. The men worked at the 280-acre Sandy Point State Park, where the beach was littered with trees, logs, and debris that washed ashore after the recent hurricane and heavy rains.

The five-man crew, from Brockbridge Correctional Facility in Jessup, filled six dumpsters during the two-day cleanup, methodically but quickly working their way along the mile-long beach in the shadow of the western end of the Chesapeake Bay bridge.

Inmate Public Works Coordinator John Rowley had arranged other projects before with the state Department of Natural Resources, which manages Sandy Point. And in the near future, inmates may return there to work on the park’s picnic pavilions.

Public Safety Works allows low-security inmates who are about to return to society the opportunity to pay society back for their crimes by performing meaningful projects for communities, state agencies, and non-profits. Maryland inmates have also built houses for Habitat for Humanity, cared for retired thoroughbred racehorses, and planted a million trees on state land in less than three years, among many other projects.

For more information on how Public Safety Works can help a community or non-profit, contact John Rowley at 301-729-7690.