Inmates helping with roadway repairs
When it comes to our roadways, rehabilitation is a term we often hear during the summer months. Long, harsh winters take quite a toll on our roads, and each summer, the 10 districts of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) send road crews to repair the damages. If you take a closer look, you’ll see another form of rehabilitation happening along our highways, as prison inmates – part of our state’s inmate worker program – assist WVDOH crews with roadway repairs.
This year, West Virginia Division of Corrections inmates from 12 different facilities across the state participated in the inmate work program. In 2013, inmates undertook 353,475 hours of work, and in 2014, the number jumped to more than 450,000 hours.
This work program is a collaborative reinvestment initiative that is working for West Virginia and our correctional system. By providing inmates with opportunities to work alongside WVDOH road crews and perform substantial, fulfilling tasks, we are working to give our inmates a sense of purpose and self-worth. In return, their hard work continues to better the landscape and highway system of the Mountain State.