In the wake of the devastating tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri, inmates in the Missouri correctional system are doing what they can to assist those working to restore the town.
As a part of the Department of Corrections’ restorative justice program, inmates are creating “cool ties” and pillows to distribute to volunteers working amidst the rubble. Others have delivered toys, blankets, and other items to those in need in the area. Inmates have also contributed over $10,000 to relief efforts.
“All this is geared toward a higher purpose,” says Corrections Director George Lombardi. “Once people are engaged in this way, it builds up compassion where either none existed or it was buried. That makes for a safer environment (in prison) and enhances the opportunity for inmates to change.”