02 Nov '11, 6pm

Emphasizing empathy: Why prison inmates make great conservationists

Emphasizing empathy: Why prison inmates make great conservationists

Inmates at Cedar Creek Corrections Center working with state-endangered Oregon spotted frogs. Photo: Benj Drummond Kelli Bush, project manager for Washington state's Sustainable Prisons Project , works with an unlikely group of conservationists: prison inmates. In collaboration with scientists, students, community groups, and prison staff, inmates at four Washington correctional facilities play an integral part in habitat and species restoration efforts. They raise Oregon spotted frogs (endangered in Washington), Taylor Checkerspot butterflies, and native prairie plants, rebuilding not only local ecosystems, but their own job skills and confidence at the same time. Founded in 2008 , the project includes an education component -- science and sustainability lectures, workshops, and green jobs training -- and it promotes sustainable prison operations by connecting prison staf...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/animals/2011-11-02-emphasizing-empat...

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