Garden gives inmates sense of pride, purpose
Gardening provides a daily escape from captivity for convicted methamphetamine maker Tim Morrison.
"When you're out here, you're away from everything in there," the 41-year-old Salem prison inmate said. "You forget about your surroundings. I like it because I can drift off into my own little world."
Morrison and Roe agreed that it's a soothing, self-esteem- building kind of labor. They also savor eating what they grow, citing blueberry pancakes, strawberry shortcake and produce-laden vegetable trays as favorites.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for prison inmates working and doing something productive with their time. What I want to highlight here is yet another newspaper story where inmates are described in glowing terms. The meth cook enjoys his "strawberry shortcake." No mention of whether or not he had kids in the house he cooked in and if they were starving or not when he was caught.