This Program Gives Inmates the Chance to Repair Bikes for Needy Children

By: Katherine Pendrill - Nov 12, 2015
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South Dakota's 'Mike Durfee State Prison' is currently running a charitable program that gives inmates the opportunity to repair bikes for needy children. Every year, charities across the state take in thousands of broken or unclaimed bicycles. Instead of throwing these bikes away, local charities send them to the state prison where they are repaired and refurbished.

The 'Pedal Power from the Pen' is a prison-based program that helps inmates give back to the community. When broken bicycles arrive at the prison, Durfee inmates are given an opportunity to repair these bikes. The refurbished bikes are then distributed to local churches and other non-profit organizations. Some of the bikes are even donated to the children of inmates who may not be able to affordable a bicycle otherwise.

The program demonstrates how inmates can give back to their community and improve the lives of needy children.