Sheriff Dart Offers Non-Violent Offenders To Help Clear Snow

CHICAGO (CBS) — Non-violent offenders can help remove snow from fire hydrants and emergency routes across suburban Chicago, under a program being offered by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

The work done by offenders in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) is free, Sheriff Tom Dart said in a release. Those involved in the SWAP program have been sentenced to complete hours of community service for low-level, non-violent crimes.

Participants voluntarily meet at a suburban courthouse, typically near their home, and are transported by the sheriff’s office to a work location. They complete light labor in communities based on requests from area schools, towns and non-profit groups.

Since the snowstorm hit one week ago, many SWAP crews have been clearing snow from sidewalks and parking lots at suburban courthouses, among other weather-related duties, according to the sheriff’s office.

Communities in need of assistance can call the SWAP office at 773-674-3832.

  • normalpeoplecare

    Dart is smart. Thanks Mr. Dart for recognizing that if someone makes a non violent mistake they are not put away and caged like a dog in a pound. It takes a very normal person to acknowledge the travesty our current society is still doing and has done to these souls who are very lost and who became lost and devastated while “enrolled” in the Illinois jail system.

  • Greywolf445

    Thats the sound of the men working on the chain gang—-should be more them

  • gmama

    What about the side streets of Chicago and seniors who have no one to shovel?

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