Maryland Correctional Enterprises Launders 13,000 Bras for the Cause
Media invited to the Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. project in Sykesville

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TOWSON, Md. (December 13, 2011) – Inmate workers at Central Maryland Correctional Facility (CMCF) on Thursday will wash, dry and fold more than 13,000 bras in one of Maryland Correctional Enterprises’ (MCE) largest community projects. The bras, collected by 99.9 WFRE as part of their “Bras for a Cause” drive, are being cleaned free of charge before the Frederick radio station distributes them to local women’s shelters.

This is the third year MCE has donated laundry services to the fundraiser. Costs for a commercial job like this are estimated at $1,000.

Media is invited to visit the facility at 11:30 a.m. December 15th during the washing. Please RSVP to Danielle Lueking, contact info on attached.

For each bra donated to WFRE, Shockley Honda gave $1 to the Women’s Center at FMH Crestwood. MCE civilian staff contributed 160 bras to the collection, while also attending the counting party held in October that drew a large crowd to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The laundry operation at CMCF in Sykesville was established in 1959 (as the “Central Laundry Unit”) and is now run by MCE, which is the prison industry arm of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) custody operations. It employs approximately 100 inmates. Through job skills training and employment in plants that mirror the work experience of private enterprises, MCE inmate worker recidivism rate is less than half that of the general prison population.

This is one of many community outreach projects MCE participates in that give offenders the opportunity to give back. For more than 20 years, inmates in the MCE Meat Plant have processed hundreds of turkeys for the Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving Dinner to feed the homeless. MCE also contributes to the DPSCS Public Safety Works initiative by planting bay grasses, building oyster cages and restoring the Antietam Battlefield.

Directions to CMCF (7301 Buttercup Road, Sykesville): Md. Route 32 to Raincliffe Road (just north of the Howard-Carroll County line); turn east onto Raincliffe; first left onto Buttercup Road. Central Md. Correctional Facility is immediately on the right.