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WSU Tri-Cities Graduate Student Brings Knowledge to Corrections Center

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CONNELL, WA- Gretchen Graber has taken what she has learned in the classroom into the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell. Graber and the inmates are growing 20,000 plants and those plants will be transported to Quincy to help restore the sage-grouse habitat that was burned in a wildfire last year. 

An inmate said he appreciates the program, "I like why we're growing it to help the community and the sage-grouse".

Another inmate said that he looks forward to using the skills when he gets out, "just a lot of different things I would like to do, like for my own stuff at home, my garden at home and stuff the wife actually does it so it's just kind of nice to know".

Graber said she enjoys the program and thinks the inmates definitely benefit from it, "I mean it's the first prison in Washington State to say yes we want this program, we want this program for our inmates and it just makes a lot of sense". She says the program teaches the inmates about biology, ecology and horticulture but also prepares them for job-readiness when they do get released. 

The 20,000 plants will be transported in November.