Garden Programs in Prisons
December 11th, 2015
Garden programs in prison facilities around the nation have been proven to positively impact inmates and communities, effectively reducing recidivism rates and presenting a model of successful rehabilitation through gardening. These garden programs are successful because they equip inmates with new behavioral skills, some specific to gardening and others applicable to other aspects of life. Tending a garden is both physically and psychologically rehabilitative. It involves setting goals, planning ahead, daily commitment, physical work and tangible rewards. Thus, the garden program helps inmates prepare for reentry to the community by equipping them with both job and life skills. The sketch below was done by Jillian Bleher, Restorative Partners' Jail Garden Project Volunteer Leader.