hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
 Navigation
Articles
Gallery of Plants
Blog
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Patents
Mailing Lists
    FAQ
    Netiquette
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
Links
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

Unauthorized use of a plant doesn't invalidate it's patent

RSS story archive

RE: concerning farms run by prisoners - Food Security

  • Subject: RE: [cg] concerning farms run by prisoners - Food Security
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
  • Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 10:21:31 -0400

Re: "This is an IDEA that is making the rounds again (having prisoners work
in some sort of farm setting.  Make sure that it is not done with evil
intentions and Amnesty International may give out awards to USA Prisons
rather than dis them as being the American Gulag."

I think the issue is not "evil" as much as putting profit before
rehabilitation. It's the raising of food for the hungry, not for money to
fill the warden's or some politician's pockets.  The issue is will and
oversight. 

As always, I prefer family farming to anything else. The family farm was the
basis of our democracy when our republic was founded. I wish there had been
a family farm amendment in our consitution (alongside the right to bear
arms.) The gleaning process and use of excess production from family farms
to fight hunger

That being said, we need to rehabiltate our prisoners and we have a level of
hunger in our country that shames us all. 

Citizens need to hold our elected officials and the prison administrators to
strict accountability standards - there is no reason why state land can't be
used to raise good low-cost food for our nation's hungry and that convicts
be given the opportunity to give something back to society. Convicts are
deployed to train "helper and seeing eye dogs" and other positive products.
It's time to change the "stamping out license plates" stereotype.



-----Original Message-----
From: a.h.steely [mailto:gfcp@mindspring.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 8:20 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] concerning farms run by prisoners


In the state of Pennsylvania, the prisons were set up to sew uniforms, farm
food, make furniture, etc. for all the state facilities.  Those included the
prisons, the state hospitals for the insane and state run orphanages.  That
all ceased in the 1970's through 1982.  The last prison farm was White Hall
in Camp Hill which had the infamous riots in 1989 after being renamed as
Camp Hill Correctional Institution.  I met a man who received his training
in running construction equipment at White Hall.  He told me that the last
of the huge tractors and trucks that had been used to farm and transport the
food stuff were buried in 1984.  He lived in Fulton County where I did at
the time.  The AFCSME union took over the unionizing of the state workers
about 1984.  The federal laws were making it very difficult for any work to
be done by the prisons that would interfere with the sale of goods by union
labor to state facilities.  In 1988 the election of Gov. Casey sealed the
end of truly rehabilitative activities in our prisons.  I realize that
states like Georgia used prison labor in chain gangs and it was horrid but
the state was provided with the needs of the state offices through the
prison industry which did rehab people to some extent.  White Hall is
supposed to have had a cannery also.

Now the taxes go up and Jesse Jackson says that it costs more to send a guy
to Attica than to Harvard according to one quote I read in a Criminal
Justice text.

This is an IDEA that is making the rounds again (having prisoners work in
some sort of farm setting.  Make sure that it is not done with evil
intentions and Amnesty International may give out awards to USA Prisons
rather than dis them as being the American Gulag.

Sincerely,
Helen Steely
Hbg., Pa.
(graduate of the Shippensburg Univ. Criminal Justice undergrad program)




______________________________________________________
The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's
services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find
out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org


To post an e-mail to the list:  community_garden@mallorn.com

To subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscription:
https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden

______________________________________________________
The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org


To post an e-mail to the list:  community_garden@mallorn.com

To subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscription:  https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden





 © 1995-2015 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement
Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index