Source:VOA News– an ex-inmate at this prison who now works there as a freeman.
Source:The New Democrat
“An innovative program in the United States is giving man and beast a second chance at life. VOA’s Julie Taboh takes us to a prison farm in the state of Virginia where inmates are gaining valuable job skills as they learn to care for retired racehorses, that in turn receive attention and a well maintained facility.”
From VOA News
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This is exactly what prison inmates in general population who want to build their lives and become productive in life should be doing, which is working. But working in a field with the skills needed so they not only have good jobs in prison, but also now have the right job skills and job experience needed to get themselves a good job once they leave prison. And not need to come back to prison because now they have the skills they need to do well in life legally.
This is a much taxpayer investment than to lockup inmates all day except for their meals and yard time and perhaps doing a few chores, that is for inmates who are in general population, where all they learn there is how to become better criminals.