Kansas inmates dig in to help shovel snow in Topeka

TOPEKA | Inmates from the Kansas and Shawnee County corrections departments are getting some time outdoors shoveling snow from driveways and walks at Topeka homes.

This is the fourth year for the snow relief program, which benefits elderly and disabled Topeka property owners with limited incomes.

Roseanna Haugen is the community resource manager for housing and neighborhood development in Topeka. Haugen says the property owners appreciate the service, and the inmates get the satisfaction of helping people.

The inmate teams were on the job Monday, helping clear the more than 11 inches of snow that fell on Topeka since Christmas Eve. In all there are six teams of female inmates and two teams of men.