AUBURN — Forty-five inmates recently did cleanup work at seven Auburn schools, saving an estimated $22,343 in labor costs, according to the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department.

The work was part of the department’s Alternative Sentencing Program, according to a written statement from Chief Deputy William Gagne. It was done by 45 men and women who are low-risk, nonviolent offenders from Androscoggin, Cumberland, York, Hancock, Franklin, Knox and Waldo counties.

During the week, the group swept all parking lots and walkways, raked lawns, cleaned the playgrounds and removed debris. At three schools, the group washed all walls, chairs, desks and lockers.

The Auburn School Department estimated a savings of $22,343 in labor.

In addition to the work in the schools, on Monday, the Sheriff’s Department’s  Programs Division completed a five-day work detail at the Auburn Central Fire Station on Minot Avenue. The inmates stripped and waxed floors and painted the walls, ceilings and floors of both stairwells. The inmates contributed approximately 30 man-hours to complete the projects.

The Programs Division has scheduled another work detail this month for the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department.

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