Inmates paint association’s clubhouse in Buzzards Bay

Jeff Wiseman, a Barnstable County sheriff’s deputy,  explains to inmate Mark Higgins where he wants first coat of paint to be applied to converted home in Bourne.  That’s inmate Terrance Jacintho already tackling the job.  The structure serves as a combination office/clubhouse for a Buzzard’s Bay non-profit known as Taylor’s Point Improvement Association, so named because of its seaside location adjacent to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.


Jacintho continues his trim work at one of the clubhouse’s front-to-side corners.  The improvement association’s Joe Carrara, Sr. “can’t say enough about the quality of work being rendered.  They [the inmates] do as good a job as any private contractor.  Because we’re a small outfit with only so much money on hand, the difference is a job getting done versus a job long, long delayed.”  Besides the trim work, the four-man inmate crew re-shingled the clubhouse’s backside and made numerous fix-ups inside.


That’s inmate Charles Sanford doing some finishing work on those backside shingles.  The inmate labor will amount to about $5,400 when all is said and done, a figure to keep in mind when considering Carrara’s observation about the association’s limited budget.   The supervised crews have tackled four projects in the town of Bourne in just the past eight weeks – building a new concrete-block bathhouse at the town-owned Scenic Park campgrounds, remodeling inside the Sagamore Beach Fire Station, adding standard as well as handicapped ramps to the transfer station’s small administration building on MacArthur Boulevard, and this one.  Total projected savings for town property-taxpayers: $57,500.

Media release and photos furnished by Barnstable Sheriff’s Office

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