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Parkersburg warden hopes to expand community service

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Inmates at Parkersburg Correctional Center performed more than 12,000 hours of community service in 2013.

Warden Anne Thomas hopes to expand that service this year. She tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the facility's goal is to top 20,000 hours of community service.

Thomas says the program is good for the inmates and for the community.

Agencies served by the program last year included Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, the Family Crisis Intervention Center, the Salvation Army, local churches, the Wood County Historical Society and a church retreat camp in Ripley.

The $8.7 million facility opened in the summer of 2012. It has 100 beds for work-release inmates and 30 beds for substance abuse treatment.


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