Inmates help dig out York

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County Prison work release inmates spent several hours Thursday shoveling snow from intersections and away from fire hydrants.

At the corner of Market and Queen Street, you can’t miss the six men with shovels whose attitudes might be brighter than their yellow vests.

“It’s been a great time,” Robert Herman, an inmate, said.

The inmates hauled snow beginning at 9 a.m. in Continental Square.

“It’s been a while since I’ve shoveled,” Herman said.

It’s been a while since any of them has shoveled.

“Oh, they’ve been working really hard,” Correction Officer Matthew Reed said.

“It’s nice to be out for a little bit, and it’s nice to see the snow and get to enjoy it, kind of,” Herman said.

“It seems like the community is accepting them, too. They’re always saying thank you for shoveling and helping out,” Reed said.

Making each tossed pile worth it.

“A lot of the older generation is here having trouble getting from sidewalk to sidewalk, so we definitely help them out a lot,” said Brandon Duffey, an inmate.

“We’re out here trying to do our best to help everybody out as much as possible,” Herman said.

“I just want everybody to know that these guys know they made a mistake, but they’re out here to show the community and the citizens that they’re here to make things better,” Reed said.

Another crew of inmates is expected to be out shoveling again on Friday.

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