17 Apr '12, 2pm

In Washington, prison inmates raise bees, frogs, and butterflies

When you think “prison,” you don’t usually think “idyllic bower of nature’s most rare and beautiful specimens.” But at the Washington State Department of Corrections, inmates can skip the license-plate making and spend their days cultivating endangered local animals, insects, and plants. Participants in the Sustainable Prisons Project raise Oregon spotted frogs, Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, native prairie plants, local birds, and bees. Its organizers are now looking to expand the project more widely. The project, a partnership between the Department of Corrections and Evergreen State College, began in 2004, when inmates were recruited to help research moss farming — they helped find an easily cultivated species that could serve as a replacement for moss unsustainably harvested from forests. This is one of those projects that seems to benefit everyone involved. As Kath...

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