Inmates work at Bourne dump

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Making a plank plumb — Inmates from the Barnstable County Correctional Facility make sure everything is measured right before continuing with a handicapped ramp they are building at the Bourne Transfer Station on MacArthur Boulevard.  That’s crew chief Joe Brait (left).  The ramp is being attached to what will become the station’s new administrative office.  The old one is not only that, it’s perilously near one of the dump’s landfill pits.  Once this new one is up and running, the old one will be demolished and the pit enlarged to handle additional fill.  Thus, a second benefit.

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In the bag — Inmate George Bryson shoulders a bag of cement en route from the construction trailer to the job at hand.  Two stairways are being built in addition to the ramp, one set on each side of the new office.  The transfer station is enormous, much larger than most municipal facilities like it — on or off Cape.  It also has outbuildings, vehicles, and staff enough to put a major dent in its own budget via some commercially viable capabilities others are willing to pay for.

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Quality work at a steep discount – Inmate Mark Higgins lines up another plank before pulling down his safety glasses and commencing to cut.  While the town paid for the material you see here, the work of the five-inmate crew was donated.  That means a savings of between $6,500 and $7,500 on a job expected to take about a week.  “A great financial benefit to us, of course,” says Daniel Barrett, the facility’s general manager.  “But maybe less appreciated by some is the top-notch work these inmates do.  They’ve done other jobs for us and they come out great every time.  If I had to pay a contractor for the same labor we get gratis, I’d still take these guys.”
Media release and photos furnished by Barnstable Sheriff’s Office

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