Andy Kim is a former GOVERNING staff writer.
Prisons across the country are using green space for gardens not only to give inmates healthier food, but also to save themselves considerable amounts of money. The Hartford Courant reports that Connecticut’s Corrections Commissioner Brian Murphy hopes to utilize state prisons’ green space to lower the amount spent annually to feed inmates—$17.5 million in 2009. The state’s Corrigan-Radgowski prison reported saving over $5,000 in the summer of 2009, something Connecticut officials aim to mimic in prisons across the state. In Ohio, Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is taking prison gardening to the next level. The Sandusky Register reports that the sheriff plans on adding chickens to the list of home-grown food for the inmates. Both the Corrigan-Radgowski prison and Sandusky County jail received their garden supplies through donations.