Inmates Help Clear Storm Debris

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut prison inmates have been helping a few towns in northern Connecticut clean up debris from the October snow storm.

Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said a crew from the nearby Willard-Cybulski prison spent last Sunday picking up tree limbs, raking leaves and cleaning storm debris from municipal property around town hall.

She says another crew will be coming out this weekend to clean the over 50 cots that were used at the town’s shelter.

Correction Department spokesman Brian Garnett says the department provides supervised minimum-security inmates on a weekly basis to its host towns for maintenance work.

He says this was a bit unusual because the crews were requested for the weekend, but he says they are always willing to help in a time of need.

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