Skip to content

Washington State Prison Program Teaches Inmates Green-Collar Job Skill

by on September 30, 2012

http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/09/30/sustainability-project-teaches-prisoners-job-skills-and-nature-conservancy

Here few lines read whole article there above:

The program empowers inmates by enlisting their help to rescue endangered species and conduct ecological research.
September 30, 2012
 
Washington State Prison Program Teaches Inmates Green-Collar Job Skills

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) isn’t your average prison outreach program. Instead of teaching inmates simple job skills, the SPP allows them to participate in a host of science-based projects and educational initiatives like saving an endangered species or conducting ecological research, all in the name of  personal empowerment, the New York Times reports.   

According to the SPP website, the program is a partnership between the Washington State Department of Corrections and Evergreen State College.

Since its inception, the SPP has launched a variety of ecology based programs with inmates. They include the study and breeding of the endangered Oregon spotted frog, the cultivation of sustainable replacements for forest moss, and preserving the checker-spot butterfly species as part of what turned out to be a large published study that listed all the participating inmates as contributors.

The program’s goal is to create an intellectually stimulating environment that allows prisoners to think collaboratively with each other, as well as the program’s participating scientists, college students and even prison administrators.

But SPP isn’t about charity, so much as it is about challenge. In order to gain entrance into the program, inmates have to compete with others in the application process, and once admitted, they must keep a spotless disciplinary record or risk being dismissed.

The Huffington Post reports that the program’s effectiveness can be measured in graduating inmates’ low recidivism rates. In Mission Creek Prison, seventy-eight prisoners were involved with SPP and 18 have been released, of which none have returned to prison, and one-third are employed.

Professor Carri LeRoy, of Evergreen State College in Olympia and co-director of SPP, explained to the Times that part of what makes the program so effective is the shift in perspective it can give inmates.  She explains that watching animals or plants grow, gives them the sense that change does happen. “This image of transformation, I think, allows them maybe to understand their own transformation.”

 read more…

About these ads

From → Uncategorized

One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on Faktensucher.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

colouredjustice.wordpress.com

Just another WordPress.com site

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

my heart beats for children - they need love and education first

Quillfyre

Aspiring to poet

adcwrites

I write to give life meaning

ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com

"For two years I didn´t see the sun", a little boy in solitary cell said. Let the sun shine to all children - no solitary confinement any longer!

www.HumansinShadow.wordpress.com

Humans in Shadow, Hidden from Public`s Eyesight

Schwein gehabt?

Pigs` Hidden Life In CAFOs - Hidden From Public´s Eyes: Here You´ll Learn more about these smart animals pigs are!

Blame it on Love

Liberate Animals - Liberate Our Spirits

homeless uk

Me and my life as a homeless 21 year old

GMO Awareness

Raising awareness about the risks of genetically modified foods (GMOs) | Alimento Transgénicos | Conscience OGM | Gentechnologie | Conciencia Transgénicos | Nei til GMO | Sin Transgénicos | Wolni od GMO | Libre de Transgénicos

My Blog OceansSpirit

A topnotch WordPress.com site

loonysite's Blog

A great WordPress.com site

Traffick Alerts

Prosecute Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity

blacksankofa

A bright light in a dark room.

Exposing the Big Game

Forget Hunter's Feeble Rationalizations and Trust Your Gut Feelings: Making Sport of Killing Is Not Healthy Human Behavior

Renard Moreau Presents

Cool Miscellaneous Thoughts

Fire Survivors

Healing after a fire

Logic and Imagination {Poetry & Essays by Melody Harrison Hanson}

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -- Albert Einstein

colouredjustice.wordpress.com

Just another WordPress.com site

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

my heart beats for children - they need love and education first

Quillfyre

Aspiring to poet

adcwrites

I write to give life meaning

ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com

"For two years I didn´t see the sun", a little boy in solitary cell said. Let the sun shine to all children - no solitary confinement any longer!

www.HumansinShadow.wordpress.com

Humans in Shadow, Hidden from Public`s Eyesight

Schwein gehabt?

Pigs` Hidden Life In CAFOs - Hidden From Public´s Eyes: Here You´ll Learn more about these smart animals pigs are!

Blame it on Love

Liberate Animals - Liberate Our Spirits

homeless uk

Me and my life as a homeless 21 year old

GMO Awareness

Raising awareness about the risks of genetically modified foods (GMOs) | Alimento Transgénicos | Conscience OGM | Gentechnologie | Conciencia Transgénicos | Nei til GMO | Sin Transgénicos | Wolni od GMO | Libre de Transgénicos

My Blog OceansSpirit

A topnotch WordPress.com site

loonysite's Blog

A great WordPress.com site

Traffick Alerts

Prosecute Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity

blacksankofa

A bright light in a dark room.

Exposing the Big Game

Forget Hunter's Feeble Rationalizations and Trust Your Gut Feelings: Making Sport of Killing Is Not Healthy Human Behavior

Renard Moreau Presents

Cool Miscellaneous Thoughts

Fire Survivors

Healing after a fire

Logic and Imagination {Poetry & Essays by Melody Harrison Hanson}

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -- Albert Einstein

colouredjustice.wordpress.com

Just another WordPress.com site

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

my heart beats for children - they need love and education first

Quillfyre

Aspiring to poet

adcwrites

I write to give life meaning

ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com

"For two years I didn´t see the sun", a little boy in solitary cell said. Let the sun shine to all children - no solitary confinement any longer!

www.HumansinShadow.wordpress.com

Humans in Shadow, Hidden from Public`s Eyesight

Schwein gehabt?

Pigs` Hidden Life In CAFOs - Hidden From Public´s Eyes: Here You´ll Learn more about these smart animals pigs are!

Blame it on Love

Liberate Animals - Liberate Our Spirits

homeless uk

Me and my life as a homeless 21 year old

GMO Awareness

Raising awareness about the risks of genetically modified foods (GMOs) | Alimento Transgénicos | Conscience OGM | Gentechnologie | Conciencia Transgénicos | Nei til GMO | Sin Transgénicos | Wolni od GMO | Libre de Transgénicos

My Blog OceansSpirit

A topnotch WordPress.com site

loonysite's Blog

A great WordPress.com site

Traffick Alerts

Prosecute Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity

blacksankofa

A bright light in a dark room.

Exposing the Big Game

Forget Hunter's Feeble Rationalizations and Trust Your Gut Feelings: Making Sport of Killing Is Not Healthy Human Behavior

Renard Moreau Presents

Cool Miscellaneous Thoughts

Fire Survivors

Healing after a fire

Logic and Imagination {Poetry & Essays by Melody Harrison Hanson}

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -- Albert Einstein

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 241 other followers

%d bloggers like this: