The Catholic Eye

This one reported by USA Todayis another in many creative ways to allow prisoners to do work that is socially good and economically productive.

An excerpt.

“LITTLEROCK, Washington (AP) — Taylor Davis has dedicated himself to saving endangered Oregon spotted frogs. He spends hours each day tending to eggs or doting on tadpoles, feeding, nurturing and meticulously recording their development.

“He’s in no hurry.

“We have nothing but time here,” said the 28-year-old Davis.

“He added, “It’s perfect for a prison setting.”

“Washington state inmates such as Davis have been working as ecological research assistants, partnered in recent years with scientists doing conservation projects. Their efforts include breeding threatened butterflies and growing native flowers and prairie grasses.

“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…

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