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Md. prisons chief joins inmates in tree-planting efforts at Antietam, MCI

April 02, 2008

Inmates with Maryland Correctional Enterprises, the prison industry arm of the Maryland Division of Correction, planted trees Wednesday morning at Antietam National Battlefield and at the Maryland Correctional Institution.

They were joined by Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary D. Maynard.

Maynard has said the Arbor Day observance is intended to launch a campaign by the department to plant 1 million trees across the state.

Part of Maynard's plan involves having what on Tuesday he termed "tree farms" at several state prisions, including MCI.

He said having such tree farms would give inmates a chance to work and learn a skill, as well as giving them something to tend and care for.

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