“Doing thyme” is how the AP, cashing in an easy and excruciating pun, describes inmates growing their own food in a northern Ohio jail. Much like the relaxed sentences for nonviolent drug offenders under consideration in California, the idea of having inmates garden and eat healthy natural food isn’t motivated by any sudden enlightenment on the part of the jailers; it’s a matter of money.

“Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer got the idea for a vegetable garden at the jail in Fremont after he was forced to reduce his budget by $75,000 this spring. Low-risk inmates who are allowed to mow lawns and do other chores around the county planted about an acre and a half of fruits and vegetables on jail grounds three weeks ago.”

Looks like the needle’s pointing a little less toward punishment and a little more toward rehabilitation. And/or rhubarb.

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