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    Prisoners turn over new leaf through innovative farming

    The scheme, being run at HMP Hewell in Worcestershire, is part of a landmark trial between the prison and farming technology company, LettUsGrow, that will see prisoners grow leafy greens, salad and herbs in high-tech ?vertical? farms.

    Vegetables are grown in compact towers using aeroponics using an air or mist environment rather than soil.

    At the forefront of farming, this advanced technology produces more plants, more quickly and with 98 percent less water than conventional methods.

    Most importantly, the scheme will train prisoners up in the jobs of the future, such as farm management software, plant science and food safety. This will help them find a job on release in new and emerging technologies and dramatically reduce their chances of reoffending.

    This is just the latest move in the government?s strategy to make sure prisoners use their time behind bars to get the skills they need to find work once through the gate and back home.

    Prisons Minister Stuart Andrew MP:

    This innovative scheme is just the tip of the iceberg in our drive to equip prisoners with the practical skills they need to get a job on release ? ultimately cutting crime and keeping the public safe.

    Up there with education, family ties and addiction treatment, stable work holds the key to a life free from crime and safer communities for us all.

    Ralph Lubowski, Governor of HMP Hewell:

    I am delighted to partner with Lettus Grow in this fantastic initiative, which will give our prisoners the opportunity, confidence and training to turn their lives around.

    Vertical farming is an innovative, emerging industry and this partnership highlights our commitment to ensuring that prisoners are skilled up to find work on release.

    The latest figures show the number of former offenders in work six weeks after release has increased by nearly half, whereas proven reoffending has fallen to just over 25 percent - making huge progress in tackling the ?18 billion cost of repeat offending and keeping the public safe.

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    Innovative farming programs in prisons have shown remarkable success in helping prisoners turn over a new leaf by providing them with valuable skills, therapeutic benefits, and a sense of purpose. These programs typically involve teaching inmates agricultural techniques, sustainable farming practices, and even entrepreneurship skills.

    Here are some ways in which these programs benefit prisoners and society as a whole:

    Skill Development:
    Inmates learn practical skills related to agriculture, such as planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops, as well as animal husbandry and food processing. These skills can be valuable for employment opportunities upon release.

    Therapeutic Effects: Working with plants and animals can have therapeutic effects on prisoners, promoting a sense of calmness, responsibility, and connection with nature. Many inmates find solace and purpose in nurturing living things and watching them grow.

    Rehabilitation: Engaging in meaningful work helps prisoners develop a sense of responsibility, discipline, and teamwork, which are essential for successful reintegration into society. It also reduces idleness and the likelihood of engaging in negative behaviors within the prison environment.

    Sustainability and Environmental Benefits: Some prison farming programs focus on sustainable and eco-friendly practices, such as organic farming, composting, and water conservation. In addition to producing food for the prison population, these programs help reduce the institution's environmental footprint.

    Reduced Recidivism: Studies have shown that participation in vocational and educational programs, including farming initiatives, can significantly reduce recidivism rates. By equipping inmates with valuable skills and opportunities for personal growth, these programs increase the likelihood of successful reentry into society.

    Community Engagement and Support:
    Many prison farming programs involve partnerships with local communities, businesses, and educational institutions. This fosters positive relationships between inmates and the outside world, reduces social isolation, and provides a support network for their reintegration process.

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