On May 18, a group of California Health Care Facility inmates broke ground for a new garden and meditation space at the E Facility Chapel.
The inmates are part of the Insight Garden Program (IGP), a rehabilitative program that aims to break the cycle of incarceration through gardening and landscaping.
IGP, a recipient of CDCR's Innovative Grant Program, not only impacts the lives of inmates and prison culture, but also provides vocational gardening and landscaping skills that can help offenders find jobs upon release.
A 2011 study of IGP graduates released from prison found that fewer than 10 percent returned to prison.
IGP was founded in 2002 at San Quentin State Prison. The program is now in five state prisons and will expand to three more later this year.
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