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This spring, round after round of severe weather has
battered our state. It's been a very difficult time for many
Illinois families as they begin rebuilding what was lost. But,
they're not doing it alone. All across Illinois, people are pitching
in to help their neighbors and communities put the pieces back
Before the first storms even left Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich
directed state agencies to start helping those who were suffering.
And, like so many other state agencies, the Illinois Department of
Corrections answered the call.
IDOC work crews have been putting in thousands of hours since the
very first storm hit. We have not only provided support to IEMA and
IDOT, but have reached out to so many communities that are in need
of help. Our supervisors of the inmate work crews are also community
liaisons. When disaster strikes, they ensure help is given to those
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Supporting communities in their time of need is an important
mission of our agency. We provide these types of services
year-around. Whether we are assisting IDOT road crews or cleaning up
area cemeteries, IDOC takes much pride in helping out.
The goal of supporting communities through public service
projects also provides inmates a structured, specialized agenda that
develops responsibility, self-discipline, self-respect and the
importance of a good work ethic.
Involvement in community service enhances the ability of the
offender to reintegrate into society and live as a responsible,
law-abiding and productive citizen.
Once again, I want to thank the many residents that have welcomed
us into your community. Everyone should be proud of all the hard
work that has been done and will continue to get done.
Director Roger E. Walker Jr.
Illinois Department of Corrections
(Posted April 13, 2006)
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