Inmates help with snow removal in Norfolk

Photo courtesy Norfolk Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy Norfolk Sheriff's Office

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Non-violent inmates in Norfolk helped with snow removal in the city after the winter storm moved through.

Paula Miller with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office said four dozen Inmate Work Force crews shoveled and sanded sidewalks at the City Hall complex, courts buildings, schools, multi-service center, Harrison Opera House, Attucks Theater and Harbor Park, among other venues in the city.

The Inmate Work Force consists non-violent inmates who request outside work assignments. They are not normally tasked with snow events and Miller said they all worked extremely hard.

Additionally, Sheriff Bob McCabe and senior staff picked up about a dozen deputies in an effort to get them to their posts safely due to impassable roads near their homes.

While members of my senior staff and I were out picking up deputies who needed rides to work due to impassable streets, our Inmate Work Crews were hard at work,” McCabe said. ” I’ve never seen such a committed staff or witnessed such team work in action, as I did this week.  I’m very proud of everyone – from our jail teams to the inmate work crews.”

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