CALVERTON - Inmates from the Suffolk County Jail are refurbishing the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton as part of their vocational program.

The program brings nonviolent offenders into the community and puts them to work. The inmates have been working at the animal shelter for the past few months performing an array of tasks.

Matt Burns, of Manorville, says they are happy to help out by repairing the facility’s roof, cutting down trees and painting.

Correction Officer Jeff Campo credits the program's success to Sheriff Vincent DeMarco's support. Campos says it is a win-win situation by having nonviolent inmates working instead of just sitting around in jail cells.

The inmate vocational program has been involved with many different projects, including working in Lindenhurst for several months after Superstorm Sandy.