Staff members and more than 700 low level offenders with the Illinois Department of Corrections are being recognized for their help in battling floodwaters in recent weeks. Often times after a natural disaster the state utilizes inmates to help with response and recovery efforts.
The flooding was no exception, with hundreds helping out in local communities, according to corrections spokesman Nicole Wilson.
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Inmates and staff at the Menard Correctional Center had to fight their own flooding issues at the Mississippi River continued to rise. Staff removed furniture from the building to make sure food and power supplies were not compromised, and offenders placed 25,000 sandbags around the facility.