Inmates at work: Painting through heat and humidity

– From Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office: “This week’s scorching heat failed to deter a five-man inmate work crew from painting and selectively replacing exterior trim at the Eastham Council on Aging’s Senior Center.

“They’ve done tremendous work on a number of occasions,” said Dorothy Burritt, the council’s director and a seven-year employee of the CoA. Besides the just completed two-day paint job, which saved the council almost $2,500 in donated inmate labor, the Sheriff’s Office has supported Eastham seniors with its Neighborhood Watch program, at health fairs, with reduced-cost inmate print shop jobs, and by furnishing them a computer scam presentation.

“They’re an invaluable resource,” Burritt concluded of the inmate crews. “They always do a great job, it’s always well organized, and they always get done on time.”

This job played out through heat reaching into the 90s, smothering humidity, and no breeze to ease their one-two punch. “Hot,” said crew chief Joe Brait of the Sheriff’s Office, a veteran tradesman who manned a hose for needed inmate cool downs.”
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