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County Offers Assistance Shoveling Snow for Seniors and the Disabled

Non-violent inmates approved by the county will assist with shoveling four inches of snow or more, once it stops falling.

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With a snow storm expected to once again bury the region Sunday night, Camden County officials announced a program that offers assistance to senior citizens and disabled residents who are unable to remove significant amounts of snow accumulation from their properties.

“The snow removal program is available to help seniors and disabled individuals get out of their homes for necessities such as prescriptions or medical appointments,” Freeholder Scot McCray, liaison to the Camden County Department of Corrections, said.  “The program uses Camden County Jail inmates who are carefully screened, non-violent offenders who are guarded at all times on the job site by corrections officers.”

McCray offered the following details on the program:

  • The Snow Removal Program will go into effect only after 4 inches of snow has fallen on the ground in our area.
  • At-risk senior and disabled residents can contact the Camden County Division of Emergency Management at 856-783-4808 ext. 5060, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Calls for snow removal will not be taken until after it has stopped snowing.
  • Work Crews will be dispatched only after it has stopped snowing.  The work crews will remove snow only during daylight hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Crews will respond to calls in the order they are received and will service as many residents as possible each day.  There are no guaranteed times when the crews will arrive at a residence.
  • Senior and Disabled residents must call after each substantial snowfall to request this service.

The Department of Corrections will supply the needed equipment. The program does not supply salt or ice-melting chemicals, but crews will dispense them if supplied by residents. 

Contact and conversation between the inmates and the public are prohibited.  Gratuities and gifts or money, food, drink or any other item is strictly prohibited.

Bruce Schwartz March 03, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I'm glad I don't need this service, because I'd have really mixed feelings if I did. I hope these prisoners are volunteers, because if they're not, this is a cold-weather version of the chain gang. And why, if these prisoners are "carefully screened non-violent offenders," do we have to treat them as though they're dangerous? No conversation? No tips? Not even a cup of coffee? Deprivation of freedom is the punishment the law prescribes; why does this country persist in the delusion that humiliation heaped on top of that helps with "correction?" And we expect these people to come out of jail "rehabilitated?"
@xxLouA March 03, 2014 at 10:25 AM
with a statement like this from Mel all the seniors must be whatever it is he is trying to call them. get a life and relax you got any idea what you sound like?????
Paul J. DiBartolo March 03, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Mel, you truly are a legend in your own mind. Read much? As for Bruce, maybe somebody forgot to tell you how much it costs the taxpayer to house and feed the lawbreakers you seem so concerned about. Shoveling some snow? Yeah, that''s a page right out of the book on Chain-Gangs. Why shouldn't prisoners be put to work to earn their keep? BTW, was that you I saw walking the snow-shoveling chain-gang line handing out hot coffee and donuts? I heard some of the shovelers complained because you didn't bring them Egg McMuffins.
Mel Sharples March 03, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Failed attempt at humor on my part. As for the prisoners working outside it was explained to me that the guys selected are volunteers and that its actually a desirable gig. This was in Spring for a litter cleanup. Working outside is better than being stuck inside a jail cell. The guys are also usually short-timers or close to the end of their sentence. So the risk of crime or flight is minimal.

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