December 8, 2013
JAY, Fla. (AP) - Inmates at a Florida Panhandle correctional
institution are producing tens of thousands of dollars worth of
vegetables later consumed by prisoners across the region.
Inmates from the Berrydale Forestry Camp, a satellite factory of
the Century Correctional Institution, are transported five days a
week to a research and educational center near Jay.
The prisoners have planted and harvested cabbage, turnips and
collards valued at $60,000 so far this spring. They produced more
than $58,000 in vegetables last year.
The program, started last year in light of the state budget
crunch, has helped reduce the cost of feeding prisoners and provide
inmates with job skills.