Missoula County considering inmate farm at jail

MISSOULA (AP) — Missoula County is seeking a $200,000 grant to start a farm that would be staffed by jail inmates.

County Commissioner Josh Slotnick is the co-founder of Garden City Harvest, which rents some garden plots, allows people to buy shares of the produce grown in some areas and supports school gardens. He says inmates working in the garden, alongside community volunteers, could build job skills and confidence that could prevent them from returning to jail.

Kristen Jordan, director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, says similar community farming programs in California, Minnesota and Connecticut have shown success in reducing recidivism.

The Missoulian reports the county is seeking the three-year grant from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation.

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