Prisoners Refurbish Recycled Computers for Agency's Use

A South Carolina prison is taking advantage of a new recycling law to save on IT spending.
by | September 15, 2011 AT 4:30 PM

It turns out that what's good for the environment can also be good for the prison system. Following passage of a new law requiring South Carolina residents to recycle large electronics like computers, a state women's prison has commissioned its inmates to fix and clean the machines' hard drives for the state Department of Corrections to use, reports the (Columbia) Free Times. The agency's main motivation behind the pilot program is to save money and provide prisoners with marketable skills and inspiration to pursue their GED. The initiative is mirrored after the state's Department of Juvenile Justice program, "Computer Buddies," which has donated more than 4,000 refurbished computers.