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Doing Time In The Garden.

Doing Time In The Garden

James Jiler

New Village Press

PO Box 3049, Oakland, CA 94609

9780976605423, $24.95 www.newvillagepress.net

James Jiler has directed prison horticulture programs since their inception in 1997. That is why he brings to bear a very special expertise when writing "Doing Time In The Garden: Life Lessons Through Prison Horticulture". This is an deftly written, informed and informative account of the country's most successful jail-to-street horticultural training programs, specifically, the GreenHouse and GreenTeam programs run by the Horticultural Society of new York for inmates and former inmates of Rikers Island, the largest jail complex in the United States. Jiler presents a candid and engaging personal account of his daily life with male and female inmate students who under went life-changing vocational training. "Doing Time In The Garden" is also a practical guide and template for anyone wanting to start and manage an in-prison and re-entry agricultural or horticultural program whether it be a city jail, a county lock-up, or a state penitentiary. Wonderfully illustrated throughout with color photographs and line drawings of the flora and fauna of Rikers Island, "Doing Time In The Garden" is strongly recommended reading for sociology students, social service professionals, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in penology, prison reform, felon rehabilitation, or gardening.
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Author:Taylor, John
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Date:Aug 1, 2007
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