Inmates Growing Own Food At Northern Ohio Jail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fremont, Ohio (AP) -- A county sheriff in northern Ohio who cut pancakes from the jail menu to save money has found another way to cut costs.

He's having the inmates grow their own food.

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer got the idea for a vegetable garden at the jail in Fremont after he was forced to reduce his budget by $75,000 this spring.

Low-risk inmates who are allowed to mow lawns and do other chores around the county planted about an acre and a half of fruits and vegetables on jail grounds three weeks ago.

One inmate says everyone will enjoy the fresh food because budget cuts have made meals less appetizing.

The sheriff says that if the garden saves money he may build a greenhouse to grow produce year-round.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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