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For Immediate Release

April 26, 2007

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

Lakes Region Inmates Help in Cleanup Efforts

(Laconia, NH)  Inmate work crews from the NH Department of Corrections Lakes Region Facility have spent the last two days assisting the NH Bureau of State Parks by picking up over 200 bags of trash, large logs and other debris, as well as sweeping sand along the walkways of Hampton Beach and Hampton Beach State Park.

Brian Warburton, Seacoast Regional Supervisor for the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, said that the recent major storm on the Seacoast put them behind in preparing the State park and beach for use, but “the [inmate] work detail has helped immensely in getting things back in order”. Warburton noted that many visitors and guests to the area this week have had positive comments on the assistance provided by the Inmates from the Department of Corrections.

“It has been remarkable to see this exemplary effort,” said Warburton. “It has made a difference.”

William L. Wrenn, Commissioner of the NH Department of Corrections, commented that the DOC is glad to be able to give back to New Hampshire communities in practical and helpful ways. “Opportunities such as this,” said the Commissioner, "shine a positive light on the efforts of the department and the inmates.”

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