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Angelina County inmates plant garden for personal use

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When the sun is out, Angelina County inmates are out; tending to their garden.

"It's rewarding," Inmate Jason Vinson said.  [It's] not only growing the vegetables but we get to eat it and we get sunshine."

They are working to bring food to the jail.

"These men really enjoy being able to work and be productive," correctional officer Joe Stanley said.

It's not just a little project. The garden is two acres with plenty to choose from.

"We've got one-third acre of corn planted," Stanley said. "We've got purple hull peas. We've got zipper cream peas. We've got pinto. We've got okra, tomato, cucumber, squash, pepper and we even got watermelon."

"You can't beat fresh vegetables," Vinson said. "We were all raised on them."

The men work in unison, knowing they are accomplishing a goal.

"We all have the same morals and ethics," Vinson said. "It's just one team."

"That's what life is about; hard work and when you do hard work there is good results that come out of that," Sheriff Greg Sanches said.

The plan is for the food to be used inside the jail for daily meals which means once the vegetables start to roll in.

"We are going to save the tax payers a little money," Vinson said.

The program has been such huge success that jail officials have had to turn inmates away.

"I probably have 200 applications in there," Stanley said. "Everybody wants to come out and work the garden."

Next year, the warden hopes to be able to expand the garden so more work can be shared with other inmates.

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