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IDOC Works to Help Protect Southern Illinois Community from Ohio River Flood Waters 


SPRINGFIELD - March 16, 2011 - Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) inmates from Hardin County Work Camp helped install floodgates on March 7, at Rosiclare to protect the community from the cresting Ohio River. Eight inmates along with IDOC staff worked tirelessly to stop floodwaters from entering the community.

"IDOC is proud to serve an important role in providing emergency assistance to communities in time of great need, and I commend the leadership and professionalism of the IDOC staff which organize and supervise community work details," said IDOC Acting Director Gladyse C. Taylor. "Public service projects teach inmates invaluable lessons, increase their self-esteem, and allow them to help people. They also give citizens a chance to see inmates working and giving back to the community."

Hardin County Work Camp Superintendent John Mott said, "City officials had the flood gates installed as a precautionary measure and being located approximately three miles from the Ohio River, the Hardin County Work Camp is called into action regularly when flooding becomes a problem."

IDOC has a long history of helping hundreds of communities throughout Illinois by assisting in emergency relief projects. Supporting communities through community projects provides inmates with a structured agenda that develops responsibility, self-discipline, self-respect and a good work ethic.

IDOC operates 27 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers. The agency is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society, which will lead to lower recidivism rates.