Ohio Prison Opens Community Service Workspace for Inmates

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ORIENT, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio prison is opening a dedicated workspace for inmates working on community service projects from assembling bikes for foster kids to weaving mats for the homeless.

The state says the Community Service Center at Pickaway Correctional Institution will boost the prison’s ability to provide meaningful activities for inmates while strengthening relationships with community service groups.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the prison south of Columbus.

Inmates at the men’s prison are assembling 1,180 new bikes for distribution to foster children this month, the fourth year of the bikes program.

Other projects at the service center include making blankets and pillow cases for foster children, compiling school supplies for needy students and weaving homeless mats from used plastic grocery store bags.