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Orchard Trees Donated to Detention Facility

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Women Inmates' Program is expanding with the planting of an orchard at the Detention Facility. Professor of UT Agriculture Dr. David Lockwood, the Ossoli Circle, the Knoxville Green Association, and Maria Compere have been working together with the KCSO over the past few months. Cumberland Valley Nursery donated almost 100 apple and peach fruit trees to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on Friday morning.

Overseen by Corporal Peggy Branson, the Women Inmates' Program is just one of several programs that Sheriff Jones has implemented over the past few years. It was created three years ago to give women inmates a set of skills to apply to their lives when they return home. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones explains that “these are skills that the women can use for life. The program is new and dynamic, but it was created in hopes to help lower the recidivism rate.”

As part of the program, the women maintain a garden, several animals, and a berry patch. After planting the fruit trees, the women will then also care for the orchard. As an added bonus, the women participating in this program receive an extra day subtracted from their sentence per day worked. The inmates selected for this program are all volunteers.



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