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Department of Corrections Planting Trees for the Future 

DWIGHT – August 1, 2011 – Dwight Correctional Center will host “Planting for the Future” on August 1st at 10:30 AM at the Women’s Facility located at 23813 E. 3200 N. Road in Dwight, Illinois. This program will include the planting of 100 donated trees to the landscape, which currently boasts Civil War era trees. In another budget neutral move trees that are no longer living have been cut down and shredded to be used as mulch for the planting of these new trees.

Concerns about the repopulation of trees at the facility gave an idea. “I knew we wouldn’t have the dollars to spend on trees so I came up with “Gift of a Tree- Planting for the Future” and we have had staff, inmates and the community involved in the plan.” Planting for the Future is a cost neutral program.

“This program will help keep inmates and staff cooler because most buildings at Dwight are not air-conditioned, will benefit the environment, create homes for wildlife, and have a calming effect on the inmates. Maintaining the landscape just seems like the right thing to do,” said Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Warden Sheryl Thompson.

One inmate expressed this when she wrote a letter to the Warden saying how happy she is with this tree planting program. She writes, “When I came to Dwight a little over 10 years ago, it was a very traumatic period in my life, but in the midst of the hardship and suffering it was the beautiful landscape and trees that gave me peace, comfort, solace and hope.” This offender donated $60.00 to the project, which bought three trees.

IDOC operates 27 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers. The agency is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society which will lead to lowering recidivism rate