Jail inmates grow veggies in Lincoln County

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 7:12 a.m. CDT; updated 5:23 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TROY — An eastern Missouri jail is using a gardening program to make confinement a little better for inmates and help save money for the sheriff's department budget.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Lincoln County allows about 10 non-violent and good-behavior inmates to tend the garden. They grow fresh vegetables just outside the jail walls under the supervision of corrections officers. The current crop includes tomatoes, green beans, corn, jalapenos and carrots.

The program incorporates the vegetables into meals served in the jail. The sheriff's department says it saves about $1,000 in the summer alone. Inmates can save leftover vegetables for winter use.

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