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Why not impliment this in all states?

Green prisons where the inmates instead of being a burden on tax payers, actually helping to pay for their own upkeep. I think this is a great idea for minimum security prisons!
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Asked by hibicent at 7:42 PM on Nov. 3, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Isn't there a sheriff in AZ that does this, and is being attacked by Democrats for cruel treatments to prisoners because they have to raise their own food? I gotta go search a little.

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 7:45 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

    This MIght be it.

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 7:47 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • yes, that is the very popular sheriff in arizona that believes that prisoners are prisoners and don't have the right to all the luxeries afforded them in other prison systems. he is so well liked that the people there keep electing him over and over. it really is not a bad idea. take some of the buden off of the tax payers.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • inmates of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center grew 8,000 pounds of organic vegetables this year.

    Inmates of the minimum-security facility, 25 miles from Olympia, the state capital, raise bees, grow organic tomatoes and lettuce, compost 100 percent of food waste and even recycle shoe scraps that are made into playground turf.

    "It reduces cost, reduces our damaging impact on the environment, engages inmates as students," said Eldon Vail, secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, which oversees 15 prisons and 18,000 offenders. "It's good security."

    Answer by hibicent at 8:07 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • To keep costs down, the Indiana Department of Corrections installed water boilers that run on waste wood chips, and built a wind turbine at one prison that generates about 10 kilowatts an hour and saves $2,280 a year.

    At Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, Calif., 6,200 solar panels send energy back to the grid, enough to power 4,100 homes a year. The prison was trying to meet an executive order requiring state agencies to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2015, said a spokeswoman, Lt. Sue Smith.

    Answer by hibicent at 8:08 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • North Carolina's Department of Corrections switched to chemical-free cleaners and vegetable-based inks. This summer, because of a water shortage, inmates converted 50-gallon pickle barrels into small cisterns that capture rainwater.

    Under a state mandate to reduce energy use, the Oregon Department of Corrections replaced old appliances with energy-efficient ones, installed solar water heaters and used a geothermal well to heat water. It also modified washing machines so they could reuse rinse-water to wash about a million pounds of clothes a month.

    Answer by hibicent at 8:09 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • At Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Ore., inmates recycle scraps from old prison blues to make diaper bags for women's shelters and dog beds for animal shelters.

    "We try to model prosocial behavior," said Vern Rowan, business manager for the Oregon Department of Corrections. Being sustainable "is something that everybody should be doing, regardless of where they're at."

    Answer by hibicent at 8:10 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • I am sorry , but seems no one was even trying to pay attention to the original question.

    Answer by hibicent at 8:11 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Thank you, hibicent, you did a great job of researching. I found this very informative.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 8:12 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Thanks hibicent, that was a lot of work you did. Wow that would be a great idea for all states to follow suit

    Answer by pnwmom at 8:42 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

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