Inmates at Angelina County jail have been trading inked thumbs for green thumbs.
The jail has a large vegetable garden next to it and the inmates work the land and they actually grow their own dinner.
This project started in 2014 and has only gotten bigger.
It is also very beneficial to everyone. It boosts the inmates morale, saves the taxpayers money and keeps the land looking nice.
“what really benefited us the most was the morale booster for the inmates. the inmates love to work in the garden. but overall it teaches them good work ethic, it gives them some pride in what they do and they love to do it,” said angelina county jail warden chad hooper.
The garden contains just the basics like corn, okra, peas and so on.
In the first year roughly 8,500 pounds of produce was harvested, and the garden is even larger this year.