Minimum Security Inmates Prepare Local Summer Camp for 2015 Reopening
(Concord, N.H.) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that minimum security inmates from the Corrections Transitional Work Center in Concord are helping to renovate and maintain the Camp Spaulding in Penacook, which is owned and operated by the private, nonprofit, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire.
The inmates are cleaning, steaming, and treating the site. They are replacing old wooden bunk beds with metal ones, which they are putting together and installing. They will be painting the floors, ceilings, and walls and constructing a new wooden deck. They are performing general maintenance at the camp such as mowing the lawns, raking the leaves and moving large furnishings. The work crew consists of four to six inmates who will be transported to the camp site once or twice per week during the fall.
The summer camp closed in 2014 because of a bedbug outbreak but the work provided by the inmates is helping the organization’s part-time maintenance staff to resolve a problem that will allow the children to return to the camp in 2015.
Commissioner Wrenn said, “The inmates are volunteering their time to help local children enjoy the positive opportunities that summer camp offers. I would like to commend them for their hard work.”
“We are very fortunate to have the help of the inmates and the DOC. Their good work will ensure that our camp reopens cleaner, safer and better than ever as we welcome hundreds of children from throughout New Hampshire in 2015,” says Maria Gagnon, SVP/COO, Child and Family Services.
Child and Family Services of New Hampshire partnered with the Department of Corrections Family Connections Center in 2012 and 2013 to allow children of incarcerated parents to participate in a special summer camp in prison.