KEANSBURG, NJ - Inmates from the Monmouth County jail helped out in Keansburg this week to prepare the beach for the Memorial Day weekend. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Labor Program offers much needed assistance to towns, and helps lessen financial burdens they face due to budget constraints. The rough winter caused a large amount of debris throughout the beach area and inmates assisted with the cleanup from Baywalk East to Baywalk West. “I’m glad the sheriff’s office is able to provide such a valuable resource to municipalities through our Inmate Labor Program,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The use of inmate labor to assist with storm damage recovery in our communities is a cost savings example of shared services.”

The work crew from the Inmate Labor Program was in Keansburg on May 24th and May 25th.  Offenders incarcerated for minor offenses, with records of good behavior are eligible to be a part of the program. Inmates who enroll in the program participate in work projects as an alternative to spending their time in jail.

In 2009, inmates involved in the program worked more than 10,000 hours on a range of projects.

The Sheriff’s Office transports and provides the security of the inmate labor crews. Requests for inmate labor teams are made to the program coordinator Medora Morris, and are evaluated in terms of the needs and feasibility of the project.

Inmate labor projects in the past have included carpentry, painting, working with parks and public works departments and even restoring a Civil War era cemetery.