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The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System

What are viable strategies for cutting costs while protecting the public’s safety? Corrections can achieve some substantial cost savings in sustainability or greening strategies. This publication “provides correctional professionals with a framework to gain a general understanding of sustainability practices and principles and to identify examples of operations, programs, and management strategies for self-sustaining facilities” (p. ii). Sections of this publication include: introduction; greening of correctional facilities; completing the sustainable model-preparing and training inmates; correctional industries-creating sustainable products/services and a green workforce; green reentry programs; recommendations for greening prisons and jails; and conclusion-the sustainable correctional/detention facility of the future.