"Ya spose this hole's too deep for green beans fellers?"
Codington County Sheriff Toby Wishard wants to build a garden where jail inmates could grow green beans, peas, potatoes, onions and carrots for the County Detention Center to help offset growing food costs.
Wishard says it would give prisoners something to do instead of staring at four walls or watching television.
Hmmm. Give a man a tater and he eats for a day, teach a man to grow taters...
We've got a sheriff interested in CUTTING costs. Wishard wants to use inmates who have earned trustee status and would work with department staff who would oversee the operation.
Seems to me like the folks up Watertown way might find this Sheriff an acre or two, or maybe more, of county property that could be put to productive use.
I would be interested in a psychologist's opinion about the value of a project like this. Any psychs out there?
Read the whole Watertown P.O. story, picked up by the AP and republished at the Mitchell Daily Republic here: