FEDERALSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- "You reap what you sow" is an expression often used when discussing prison inmates. For the past few months, a few dozen Maryland inmates have been doing a much different, and more productive, kind of reaping.
This past spring, the Maryland Division of Correction launched a new program that uses inmates to pick fruits and vegetables, all of which are then donated to the Maryland Food Bank to feed the hungry and homeless.
So far, seven farms, whose owners have all set aside a portion of their properties just for the program, have taken part.
The Division of Correction says the inmates who take part are all carefully screened before being allowed to work the fields, and must have spotless disciplinary records. Clearly, the program is working: in just a few short months, the inmates have already collected 200,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables.