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The Sustainability in Prisons Project has received worldwide attention in numerous newspapers, magazines, scientific journals and other media. We feature some favorites here.

In 2016, PBS NewsHour visited SPP’s butterfly greenhouse, and a release on a nearby prairie. The 8-minute piece captures the beauty and partnership that has drawn international attention to the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly program at Mission Creek Corrections Center.

Dr. Carri LeRoy, SPP’s Director for Evergreen, was published in Science, one of the best-regarded journals in the world! She describes her experience presenting a nature drawing workshop in prison, “outside the tower” of typical academia.


TED (Technology Eduction and Design), a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, featured our co-founder Dan Pacholke’s talk on the future of prisons. His presentation was made at the TEDx event hosted by Monroe Correctional Complex outside of Seattle, WA, only the second ever TED event in-prison.

In 2015, there were several stories on garden programs in prisons, and the benefits that they bring. Here are pieces from the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post.

HuffPo screen shot video only

Psychology today nature inside 8-16-15          washington post

SPP’s western pond turtle program began late in 2013, and incarcerated technicians have proved to be providers of exemplary turtle care.

Seattle-Times-4-9-14-WPT-P-1_Page_1            King 5 4-9-14 WPT video_Page_1
Excellent coverage of SPP’s dog programs, made possible by dedicated staff and incarcerated handlers at each facility and community partners:

Seattle Met Magazine -CCCC Dog Program p 1_Page_1            Wall Street Journal - Prison Pet Partnership 3-18-14_Page_1

The New York Times and Associated Press on September, 2012’s Oregon spotted frog release and first SPP Network conference:

New York Times article 09.28.12          AP_USA Today and others 09.22.12 one page

Articles on SPP’s Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly program:

Discover mag            nature news           TacomaNewTribune_AP_TCB_at_JBLM_May_23_2014_Page_1

Anthropology articles about SPP from Peter C. Little and Amy Stasch:

Anthro Article             legacy stasch

Feature on SPP National Network in Corrections Directions:

Document1          NCIA-Summer-2014-Roots-cover

For all SPP press, see our Press Archive.