Monroe Correctional Complex

Sound Effect, Episode 19: Dirt

May 16, 2015
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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we dig into ‘Dirt.’

KPLU’s Matthew Streib takes us inside the Monroe Correctional Complex to learn about a program that matches inmates with invertebrates and turns waste into fertile soil.

Justin Steyer / KPLU

Seven maximum-security inmates sit in a room with their eyes closed, not making a sound.

Shackles bind their hands and feet, confining them to a metal chair bolted to the ground. A guard stands nearby. Yells and clanks from the hallway stray in through the open door.

This is what meditation class at the Monroe Correctional Complex looks like. The students, murderer and rapists among them, listen as volunteer teacher Cathy Iacobazzi walks them through a practice session.