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Frogmen of Alcatraz

September 24, 2012 - Karin Elton
I obviously like the news, but it’s getting so I can’t read a lot of the stuff or listen to the TV news, it’s so horrible.

Here is one AP piece that I was glad to read: It’s about prison inmates who do ecological research. They breed endangered butterflies and grow native flowers and prairie grasses, the report said.

What a brilliant use of someone who has nothing but time to offer.

“The programs are part of a push by the state Department of Corrections that has gained momentum recently, with one project earning an expansion grant from a federal agency this year and prison officials from across the country visiting Washington penitentiaries in recent weeks to inspect the various projects. At Cedar Creek Corrections Center, a medium-security prison in western Washington, Davis and another inmate, Mathew Henson, have been nurturing a batch of small black-spotted frogs that will be ready for release into the wild Monday.”

A prison official said it contributes to positive inmate behavior while benefiting society.

Some of these prisoners probably didn’t even believe they could be good at anything, much less science. Instead of committing another crime upon their release, they might be inspired to pursue their new passion.


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