Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)

ProgramProgram PartnersHighlights as of December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessProgram suspended due to COVID-19; 231 graduates since start of program; organizing instructor training to restart the program
BeekeepingMid Columbia Beekeepers Association, WASBAProgram suspended due to COVID-19; 3 hives; 11 apprentice beekeeper certificates awarded
Plant and Animal HabitatBird boxes, owl box, and pollinator box in garden; built 8 bee boxes in past year.
Land restorationLamb WestonPropagated and grew 11 native species for native plant restoration outside the fence
Heritage and bee gardensGarden designed by incarcerated individuals using native plants, honors cultural and natural heritage of area and minimizes water needs; continues to thrive and add visual beauty
Garden: Main, maintenance areaHarvest NowEach unit provided two small gardens, creating jobs for incarcerated individuals.
Waste sorting & recyclingSorted ~152 tons of recyclables in past year: metals, cardboard, paper, plastic
Toys for TotsTri-Cities Toys for Tots, Shriners Hospital for ChildrenProgram currently suspended due to COVID-19; donated 150 toys and crafts in the previous year
Teddy bears from reclaimed materialsHospitals, API events held at CRCC, ARC of Tri-Cities, Franklin County Sheriff’s OfficeDespite temporary suspension due to COVID-19, incarcerated individuals created and donated ~50 stuffed animals to children of incarcerated individuals and the Parenting Inside Out program.
Ridge DogsBenton Franklin Humane Society, Adam County Pet Rescue132 dogs graduated from the program in past year!
Service dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service DogsProgram currently has 2 dogs and is looking to expand to 4. The goal is to maintain 8 trainers and 2 assistants for the program.
Gardens: MinimumFood pantriesThe garden was moved inside of the fence to provide more jobs for incarcerated individuals; ~72% of produce grown was donated to local food banks.
Pollinator garden: MinimumLamb Weston4 acre garden for bees and other pollinators!
Composting: MinimumFood pantriesProgram currently suspended due to COVID-19

Articles about CRCC


Coyote Ridge Corrections Center looks gray, but it’s the “greenest” prison in the nation!

Liaisons are our Roots for Success


Letter from one of the Roots Master Trainers

Fracking Lecture at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center


Collecting Sagebrush Seeds

Prairie Restoration Lecture

Accountability: Brainstorming article

Sustainability & Justice

Climate Science at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

A Master of Training

Sagebrush in Prisons Project


Growing Sagebrush in Central Washington

Each One, Teach One


CRCC Roots Course Leads to Inmate Interest in Sustainability

Reaching higher at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center