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For Immediate Release

August 23, 2004

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

NH STATE PRISON INMATES ASSIST IN BERLIN ROADSIDE CLEANUP

(Berlin, NH) Larry Blaisdell, Acting Warden of the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin, announced that minimum security inmates are providing roadside mowing and cleanup on a weekly basis.

"Between twelve to fifteen minimum security male inmates are going out on every Friday to assist with a wide variety of clean up projects that are beneficial to the citizens of Berlin and Gorham," Acting Warden Blaisdell explained.

"The inmates are under DOC staff supervision at all times and spend several hours every Friday on projects ranging from removing materials from a burned out old wooden bridge to mowing and general clean up," Acting Warden Blaisdell added.

The Gorham Public Works Department provides weed eaters and lawn mowers and the inmates have been trained in the safe use of the equipment. The inmates wear vests and protective equipment when they are working on the projects and are always under the supervision of NH-DOC staff.

"Depending on the availability of staff we expect to be out there every Friday to provide these services for as long as it takes," Acting Warden Blaisdell concluded.

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