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LPDC adds inmate garden to grounds

LPDC adds inmate garden to grounds

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) – We know that jails cost us all money, through tax dollars. But the Lincoln Parish Detention Center is in the process of cutting those costs, by creating an inmate garden.

Warden Jim Tuten said the garden should ease the tax payer burden.

"Right now everything out here is funded with tax payers' money and by growing our own vegetables we will be able to supplement our menus, which will save money from the cost of food," Tuten said.    

Tuten said they will plant and harvest a long list of vegetables and some potatoes are already in the ground. He said whatever they don't eat will be sold at the local farmer's market and the money made from the sale will go into a new inmate fund.

"We can use that money to pay for their GED or their educational programs, pay for their anger management classes, their trade school classes, pay guards to take them to funerals and those types of things," Tuten said.        

The sheriff's department has made many upgrades to the facility since it took control of the detention center in July 2013.Sheriff Mike Stone says there are a lot of people who helped turn the jail around.

"All these programs have one goal in mind, to keep the citizens of Lincoln Parish safe and the ones we got in here to try and prevent them from coming back and give them a better life once they get out," Stone said.

But for the inmates who are here now, they will reap what they sow. 

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