Prison Gardens Get Bipartisan Support

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Click Photo to Hear Gruenhagen Introduce a Prison Gardens Bill

Click Photo to Hear Gruenhagen Introduce a Prison Gardens Bill

Tomatoes, carrots and green beans could be finding their way from behind bars to Minnesota food shelves next year. An amendment added to the state corrections policy bill calls for prisons to establish gardening programs. Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) says other states that have prison gardens say it reduces recidivism rates and saves the prison system thousands if not millions of dollars in food costs. Excess produce would be donated to food shelves or charities.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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