When you think about prison or work farms, one might harken back to 1967 and a movie called Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman. It may have been a glum but somewhat accurate depiction of penal agriculture in that time, but it has endured and has evolved into a viable and productive endeavor.
Work farms or prison farms have been around just about as long as there have been prisons. Cheap or free labor is tough to pass up. Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, MS, and “The Farm” at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA are two of the largest in the country. Many states including Florida, the setting for Cool Hand Luke, operate some sort of penal agriculture program. The agricultural goods produced by a prison are generally used to feed the prisoners themselves. Any surplus can be used for state institutions such as orphanages, state hospitals, donations to suitable charities or even sold for profit. To continue reading click here.