Re: “We all can be environmentalists” (letter, 9-30).
The reason that the the Department of Corrections doesn’t have inmates pick up litter isn’t that “it is beneath the dignity of the inmates.” The reason nonprofits are no longer able to obtain inmates to do so many jobs that were done in the past outside the walls of the prison is because of budget cuts in the prison system. There is no longer the number of corrections officers and vans that can take the women outside the prison to do this work.
I now volunteer within the prison with these women, and I know that many would love to be able to go out and work, even if it were to pick up litter. For many years I volunteered to work with outside crews to make the trails in McCormick Preserve. Believe you me, we all wish the outside crews could be reinstated to help with this work again.
What the letter writer might check into is whether the Pierce County Jail crews could be available to help the Envirocorps organization. In the past they have been available for nonprofit organizations.