Updated 09/23/2012 07:53 AM
Inmates Help Fund Gun Buyback Program
Orleans Correctional Facility inmates teamed up with the Rochester Police Department on Saturday to take a stand against violence in Rochester with a gun buyback program.
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Rochester police collaborated with the inmates along with the Full Gospel tabernacle church
and the newly formed Rochester Police Foundation in the project.
The program offers a $50 Wegmans gift card for long guns and a $100 Wegmans gift card in exchange for hand guns.
Sgt. Justin Collins of the Rochester Police Department said, "From the Rochester Police Department standpoint, this gun buyback was initiated through some inmates of the Orleans Correctional Facility. They wanted to give back, "they see the young lives being lost in the City of Rochester and they wanted to reach back out and to try to help" Within a year's time they raised $1,000; not a significant amount of money, but again, they're in prison and don't make that much money. So this is really significant, and it's the gesture that they felt enough to wanna help these kids."
The Rochester Police Department collected at least a hundred guns during the buyback program.