Prisoners in England make their own eco-friendly lightbulbs
Prisoners at HMP Garth in Lancashire are being put to work creating eco-friendly LED lights for their cells, which will reduce the amount of power used by 62 per cent, the Telegraph reports. The LED lights project was developed by HMP Garth employees and in accordance with jail service safety guidelines. Prisoners assemble around one hundred bulbs every week that saves taxpayers £2.5 million a year. According to the prison leaders, the project also gives the inmates new skills that can increase their chances of employment after their time spent in jail. The Ministry of Justice plans to expand the project to 140 jails in England and Wales as part of the “green the nations” jail initiative. According to Newschant, the jail has purchased parts to retrofit 6700 lights so far, and prisoners are producing about 100 each week for installation around the property.