DOLTON | About 20 offenders with the Cook County Sheriff's Work Alternative Program cleaned up a dozen abandoned homes in Dolton this week, the sheriff's office has announced.
On Thursday, the offenders picked up garbage, whacked weeds and mowed grass, improving the lawns in front of homes on East 140th Place, East 141st Place and East 142nd Place. The project took the crew about four hours to complete.
The sheriff offered the SWAP services to Dolton to help in the upkeep of the village's neighborhoods and village officials accepted, according to a news release.
Past SWAP projects included cleanup crews in Robbins and providing labor for a community garden project in Rosemoor.
SWAP is designed to reduce jail overcrowding by providing the courts with an alternative to sentencing for misdemeanor and traffic offenders. Instead of serving time in the Cook County Jail, they are sentenced to a manual labor supervised by sheriff's officers.
The crews provide municipalities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations with free labor, and the program runs daily.