Monroe Co. Sheriff's Department hopes new inmate garden saves county money

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Labor isn't anything new for these inmates in Monroe County. A few inmates were helping build a new flag pole Monday afternoon that will soon stand tall outside the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

"They made their way in they can pay back a bit to society," said Chief Deputy Bryan Graves.

Many have been doing that by picking up trash along highways and parks, and soon, many will become gardners, too.

Graves said the price of produce has gone up and continues to rise. That's why the department decided to create a new inmate garden.

"We can either ask for more money or we can try to produce the produce ourselves," he said.

The project is stil in its early stages but Graves told Local 8 News that have a plot of land behind the jail.

"The good news is we won't have to ask for anymore (money)," he said. "Any shortfalls will be covered by the inmate garden program."

The produce that isn't used will be donated to local non-profit organizations.

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