Even though state prison inmates are removed from society because of their convictions, most appreciate an opportunity to give back to society even while incarcerated.
Inmates work on a number of projects that benefit society, including producing everything from traffic/highway signs and license plates to the comfort stations, camping cabins, picnic tables and grills found at state campgrounds. They also produce textbooks and tactile graphics for visually impared students and build the cabinets for the Governor's House project. Inmate crews can be deployed to assist with flood mitigation and other disaster response efforts as well as serving as certified wildland firefighters.
Below are some examples of inmates giving back, sorted by year. This is not an inclusive list.