George Lombardi

(via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

(Updated at 10:51 am, Thurs., Sept. 4 with further response from the Department of Corrections)

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Prison inmates in Missouri set a new record this year for growing produce for food pantries and other nonprofits across the state.

The Restorative Justice Garden Program oversees gardens at 20 prisons and three probation and parole facilities in Missouri.  Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi says inmates grew 163 tons of produce this year, a new record.