-$80 billion spent a year on prison industrial complex
-2.3 million incarcerated nationally
In CA, where IGP has worked, there are:
-Approximately 112,000 incarcerated in prison (not jail, parole, etc)
-Cost per inmate/year (to house, feed and clothe) in CA is approximately $60K
-Recidivism rate (rate of return to prison) is 60% in CA
-It costs IGP up to $50K to enter a prison, start programming and build first garden in one year (less than the cost to incarcerate ONE person/year)
-At the cost of $50K/year to enter a new prison, serving 100 men over the course of a year, the cost per person for programming would be $500.00/per person (this could be much less if gardens and partnerships are already created).
(NOTE: A donation of $500 will cover the cost of one person’s programming: a donation of $1,500 would be 3, etc)
-If that person paroles and stays out of prison, that’s a taxpayer cost savings of $60,000. ROI is potentially 1,200%
In addition to the community, social and environmental benefits that IGP’s programming offers, when one considers IGP’s recidivism rate of less than 10%, for every 1,000 people IGP serves who leave prison (with less than 100 coming back within 3 years), potential taxpayer savings could be +$54M
If IGP were to serve 10,000 people over the next 3 years (with less than 1,000 returning to prison after release within a three year timeframe), potential savings to taxpayers could be $540 Million.
It is one of the few evidence-based in-prison programs in California, with two graduate level year-long research projects approved by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) research office, including:
-“The Impact of a garden on the physical environment and social climate of a prison yard at San Quentin State Prison.” IGP’s garden on an open prison yard is the only place where different races can congregate and work in teams without fear of violence from others. Gardens also invite attention, use, and refuge and being in or near a garden reduces stress.
-“From Utility to Significance: Exploring Ecological Connection, Ethics, and Personal Transformation through a Gardening and Environmental Literacy Program within San Quentin Prison.” Prison gardens and environmental programming contribute profoundly toward transformative values re-identification, which is integral to a rehabilitative experience that inspires lasting change.