Who We Are: Current SPP sites

The SPP Network is co-led by SPP-Washington and Utah’s Initiative to Bring Science Programming to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE). SPP-Washington serves as the first point of contact.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, we hosted a national conference in September, 2012. Forty-five participants representing eleven states, counties, and national organizations, and thirty-three organizations and institutions in corrections, academia, sustainability, conservation, social justice, and correctional industries joined thirty-four partners from SPP-Washington on The Evergreen State College campus.

During the earliest meeting of the SPP Network, partners toured multiple prisons in western Washington. Photo by Shauna Bittle.

During the earliest meeting of the SPP Network, partners toured multiple prisons in western Washington. Photo by Shauna Bittle.

Nine different correctional agencies developed action plans. They met again in March, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah for the second phase of the national conference. Each presented on their progress and their state/regional Action Plans, and we were gratified and impressed to see how far they had advanced since the first meeting, and with their plans for the future. With their successes, we know that the SPP model can be propagated wide and far.

Eight teams are fully active, showing that SPP’s model can be propagated and flourish far beyond Washington State. The multiple SPP sites act as mentors to new participants and incoming SPPs. With each other, the teams share best practices and develop a vision for the future of SPP nationally and internationally.

an inmate works in one of the gardens in the Jail Horticulture Program. Photo by Salt Lake County Jail Programs Division.

An inmate works in one of the gardens in the Jail Horticulture Program. Photo by Salt Lake County Jail Programs Division.