RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Thursday, Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody announced a partnership with the City of Richmond to expand a Work Force Detail Team comprised of residents from the Richmond City Justice Center (RCJC).
The team will consist of non-violent RCJC residents and will focus on the beautification of public owned City parks, including Bryan Park, Byrd Park, Chimborazo Park, and Forest Hill Park.
“This is a priority partnership for the Sheriff’s Office and the RCJC,” said Woody. “As an extension of programs and preparation for a successful re-entry back into our community, the residents who will participate in the Work Force Detail Team will learn responsibility, work ethic, attention to detail, and appreciation for the environment around them.”
The sheriff’s department said this program is more than just a benefit to the city but also to the inmates.
“It provides them bonafide, meaningful opportunities of activity in order to participate and have a stake in their very own city,” said Tony Pham with the sheriff’s department.
For those who visit city parks regularly, the program seems like a great idea.
“I’ve been coming out here for the last four or five years and I see what’s going on and I’m so glad that they’re doing that,” said Richmond resident Arthur Cunningham.
Residents selected for the Work Force Detail Team will be compensated for their work and are scheduled to begin their duties at the end of the month; they will work Monday through Friday. All equipment will be provided by the City of Richmond.
“They will have the opportunity to take pride and feel dignity in their work and the citizens of Richmond will have beautiful, clean parks to visit, all while the City saves money. This is a wonderful benefit for everyone.”
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