A Case Study: Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) Horticulture Programs
The Sustainability in Prisons Project is a partnership founded by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) and The Evergreen State College (Evergreen). Our mission is to bring science and nature into prisons. We conduct ecological research and conserve biodiversity by forging collaborations with scientists, inmates, prison staff, students, and community partners. Equally important, we help reduce the environmental, economic, and human costs of prisons by inspiring and informing sustainable practices (LeRoy et al. 2012).
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The authors are thankful for the assistance and support from numerous administration and staff at the Washington State Department of Corrections. Specific thanks to Washington Corrections Center for Women and Stafford Creek Corrections Center for their input and inspiration for this piece. Graduate Research Assistants Evan Hayduk, Jaal Mann, Bri Morningred, Drissia Ras, Richard Johnson, Conrad Ely, and Allie Denzler have been instrumental in making the Conservation Nurseries an ongoing success. We would also like to thank our academic institutions—The Evergreen State College, Edmonds Community College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College—for support for our work and the Sustainability in Prisons Project in general. Funding for our research and the Conservation Nurseries is provided by the Department of Defense, Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, Center for Natural Lands Management, the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the WA Department of Natural Resources.
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