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Some facilities are considering embracing wind power on their estates

Many facilities are embracing solar panels as a method for reducing costs and generating energy for both their own needs and the local community.

Some Prisons are training and selling horses to empower prisoners and embrace local culture to support the local economy.

Prisons are now adopting gardening as a method for training prisoners and developing land.

Exciting Resources was created to provide a forum between providers of sustainable products and services and correctional administrators. The website promotes dialogue, provides news on sustainable projects in corrections and provides training and technical assistance networking services.

Green Corrections Symposium Notes

National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center, 2014

"Best practices within the green corrections framework of correctional facilities, education and training, and reentry programs."

Document ID: 029714

What is the Green Corrections Initiative?

The NIC Green Corrections Initiative seeks to increase awareness among corrections professionals about environmental issues related to the practice of corrections and focus attention on the need to make correctional facilities more energy and resource efficient. The initiative also explores the feasibility of introducing green-collar job readiness training programs in facilities, assessing the capability of correctional industries to adopt ”green” practices, and identifying strategies to assess cost saving options for correctional agencies that operate self-sustaining facilities and programs.

The NIC publication, The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System, provides a background for this initiative and highlights four main recommendations for the greening of prisons and jails.

  • Recommendation 1: Create a Sustainability Work Group
  • Recommendation 2: Hold a Retreat for Your Executive Team
  • Recommendation 3: Implement Budget Savings Strategies and Offender Employment Opportunities
  • Recommendation 4: Performance Management: Inspect What You Expect

The initial scope of the NIC Green Corrections Initiative included provision of technical assistance support for three states: Minnesota, Washington, and Maryland. These states worked to develop strategic plans for implementing or improving green corrections programs in their local area. A summary of the technical assistance results can be found in The Green Corrections Project: Action Plans and Lessons Learned. Project outcomes also included the creation of a community of practice to promote the use of green practices throughout country. From the community of practice and strategic plans, a framework for green corrections will be created and shared nationally.

The Green Corrections Challenge is one answer to capturing a wider array of opportunities. Through crowdsourcing, the Challenge calls on citizens, students, and professionals in criminal justice to contribute to the knowledge base of ideas available for being and doing "green"; in corrections.

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