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Philly inmates are getting college certificates while reducing food waste

A moist pile of compost. October 20, 2016 Category: MethodShort
Programs that reduce recidivism rates are great and much-needed. Programs that can reduce recidivism rates while making an impact outside of reentry are even better.

That’s what’s happening at Philadelphia Prison System’s (PPS) Holmesburg work site, where inmates are earning organic agriculture certificates from Temple University by turning the 685 tons of food waste the prison generates per year into high-quality compost.

All that compost gets distributed to community gardens throughout the city, according to a story in Civil Eats. Oh, and it’s saved the city $31,000 per year in landfill fees.

Philadelphia’s Prison System is Fighting Food Waste and Recidivism with an Organic Farm

It’s a scalable and replicable program, one that earned Department of Prisons’ Sustainability Manager Laura Cassidy a Dilworth Award last month.

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