How about having prisoners cut up the fallen trees in the woods for those in need of heating assistance.
I know that there are many people that need heating assistance. I also know that there are many dead trees along side the road that could be harvested and given to those in need. How about having prisoners cut these trees and give them to those needing assistance! It would help both those needing assistance and the prisoners that really need to do some work.
This would require crew bosses and transport vehicles. DOC would be willing to consider a partnership with a non-profit for this type of venture as a community restitution project.
The minimum facilties have a harvesting program so I would think they have the resources already
Peter Alexander commented
Great idea. Those able body folks on public assistance can also do this and build confidence, work ethic and skills.
Have the prisoner's use the pulp to make wood pellets and start using pellet stoves to heat municipal buildings or the prisons that hold the jail birds.
DON'T GIVE THE PRISONERS SO MANY COMFORTS & GOOD FOOD - - - - - - MAYBE THEY WOULDN'T WANT TO GO BACK AGAIN.
It would give them exercise & HELP THE REAL NEEDY !
Could be a transisition program for convicts. THe pulp industry needs more workers. Good fresh air outside.