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Friday, July 19, 2013 —A dozen abandoned homes in Dolton received some much needed attention this week, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

On Thursday morning approximately 20 offenders with the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) picked up garbage, whacked weeds and mowed grass, transforming the lawns in front of homes located on East 140th Place, East 141st Place and East142nd Place in Dolton. 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.

Past SWAP projects have included the cleaning up of areas in the Village of Robbins and providing labor for a community garden project in Rosemoor.

Dolton House 1 Before

Dolton House 1 After

Dolton House 2 Before

Dolton House 2 After

Dolton House 3 Before

Dolton House 3 After

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 manual labor supervised by sworn Sheriff’s officers.
SWAP crews provide municipalities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations with free labor. The program runs seven days a week.

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