Inmates in Minnesota can add agriculture to their work experience

A $2 million meat processing plant has opened inside a Minnesota prison.

A new state-of-the-art meat processing plant has opened in Minnesota and it is run by prisoners.

The $2 million facility is run by inmates at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw, Minnesota. It includes a 5,200-square-foot beef plant with a smokehouse.

Prison leaders say it has been years in the making and was possible through state-level grants. Managers of the plant say a team of five to 10 men can now process 25 percent more meat than at the old facility.

One-third of all meat processed feeds the minimum-security inmates with the rest of the meat going to local churches.

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