At the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, it all starts with planting the seeds of change. An outdoor gardening program, started this May, is now the talk of the facility, with incarcerated youth vying to get in.
“Once it was introduced to them, the word got around and all the kids in the facility want to be part of the gardening program,” said Tammi Lampkin, who is a social worker at Cuyahoga Hills JCF. “I get emails; I get phone calls; I get requests.”
There are roughly 175 youths incarcerated at the facility from all over Ohio, jailed for felonies ranging from robbery and assault to rape and murder.
Only a dozen juveniles were chosen to be part of the inaugural gardening program.
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