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Vegetable Garden at Cook County Jail in Chicago

By Mr. Brown Thumb of Chicago Garden
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The last place you expect to see a vegetable garden is behind tall fences topped off with razor wire, but at the Cook County Jail there is a 13 thousand square-foot vegetable garden grown by inmates. This vegetable garden is a joint effort by The Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Community Supervision and Intervention and The University of Illinois Extension. The inmates who work the garden are non-violent offenders serving time under county sentencing guidelines for cases involving drugs or a DUI.

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December 20, 2009   Comments Off on Vegetable Garden at Cook County Jail in Chicago