Inmates Giving Back to the Community

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Monday, October 01 2007 Oct 1, 2007 Monday, October 01, 2007 1:19:07 AM CDT October 01, 2007 in News
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CHARLESTON (AP) - Inmates produced tens of thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables this summer at a six-acre garden in a state prison complex in Charleston. All of it was donated to the Bootheel Food Bank in Sikeston, serving some of the poorest counties in the state. The vegetable farm is one of seven restorative justice gardens in the state. Corrections officials say they provide a way for offenders to repair some of the harm they caused with their crimes and to find healing. Their produce is donated to groups that serve the needy. Offenders also make blankets, teaching aids, even drawstring pants for rape victims who have to surrender their clothes as evidence. They take classes in which they meet crime victims and reflect on their crimes.

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