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Old 10-10-2019, 05:55 PM
 
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Kind of nice.

The Secret Jailhouse Garden of Rikers Island
Set incongruously in the middle of Rikers Island’s post-apocalyptic landscape of low-slung jail blocks and razor wire is a lush garden, teeming with birds and butterflies, that seems to have been teleported down from some happier planet.
“That’s my baby,” said Mike Cruz, a stocky young man who is serving time at Rikers. He was gesturing toward a patch of flowers whose flamboyant shade of orange matched the stripes on his prison jumpsuit. “It’s a Mexican sunflower,” he said. “I put the seeds in myself, and look at it now, it’s five feet tall. You get to watch them grow, you feel good about that. It’s like having a child.”
The Secret Jailhouse Garden of Rikers Island |
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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People with short sentences are supposed to be able to reenter society. I'd prefer them to have nurtured vegetables, pruned grape vines, and loved watching butterflies.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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too bad they can't turn the whole place into a garden.
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:54 PM
 
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too bad they can't turn the whole place into a garden.
There's not a lot of undeveloped land, but there's enough to do a bit of landscaping and gardening.

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Old 10-11-2019, 10:00 PM
 
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Put them to work making the land into a garden if they like it so much
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:22 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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We have some jails in our area that have their own gardens that helps feed the inmates and is sold for their commissary fund. Been going on around here for years
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:15 PM
 
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We have some jails in our area that have their own gardens that helps feed the inmates and is sold for their commissary fund. Been going on around here for years
Too much time on your hands is always a problem. I've known a few young guys who went to county and hoped that they'd get road cleanup detail. Anything to get out of that cell. They'd rather sweat or freeze picking up fast food trash from the side of the road.
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Old 10-13-2019, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Over Here
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My grandmother's brother, who was doing two life sentences, used to do the warden's gardens.
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:38 PM
 
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My grandmother's brother, who was doing two life sentences, used to do the warden's gardens.
Cushy work. You can lose weigh turning new ground and properly planting trees and shrubs. It's really very physically demanding. My husband used to lure me in with ice-cream, beer, or dinner. I think that he thought that I was going to die gardening. I was pretty thin and didn't look very strong, but looks can be deceiving.

I wonder if he propagated roses or grew great asparagus.
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Prisons sometimes have farms, which they either sell the produce from or use to hep feed the prisoners.

Gardening seems like a decent enough prison job, along with the library and education department.

Certainly better than some of the traditional jobs in British prisons such as sweing mail bags and mending fishing trawler nets.
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