i had a great meeting with michael bischoff of the council on crime and Justice recently, where we discussed the sort of civic engagement work that could be done behind prison walls. minnesota has a number of inmate-based restorative Justice groups. michael wrote to me today with word that the men of faribault prison are holding their second annual “tough guys for tots” walk this Saturday. All money raised will go to the local rice county toys for tots program. Last year the inmates (who earn very little wages) pledged quite a bit themselves.

if you normally give to such toy programs around the holidays, you might consider making a donation and sponsoring a walker this year. in addition to helping out the kids, you can help nurture a prisoner’s pro-social impulses and actions. if interested, you can send a check marked “tough guys for tots” to:

Attn: Jay Welborn
1101 Linden
Faribault, MN 55021-6400