RI Prison Inmate Grows Giant 260-Pound Pumpkin

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island inmate has grown a 260-pound pumpkin on the grounds of the state prison.

WPRI-TV reports inmate Elena Hall has been tending to the pumpkin that she nicknamed Miss Demeanor.

Correction officers planted the pumpkin seed in March and charged Hall with taking care of it. She already was entrusted to mow the lawn.

When the pumpkin got big enough, Hall put headphones on it and pumped in country music. A face with eyelashes has been painted on the pumpkin.

Hall says she wants to continue gardening when she’s freed from prison. The Department of Corrections wants to expand its gardening program.

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  • Tea Party

    Glad to see what our tax dollars are paying for.

    • scott

      Oh yeah, because this is the biggest misallocation of our tax dollars. Not all the money handed out to people that take advantage of our welfare system?

      • scott

        Why do people feel the need to complain about where our tax dollars are going every time they see something that involves state or federally funded programs? I never hear people complain about how we overfund schools despite empircal evidence that shows all the additional funding we have provided over the past decade has done NOTHING to improve our test scores nationwide, not to mention when competing on a world scale.

      • petem

        Scott, can you point to where you see this over-funding? My experience is that class sizes continue to grow, teachers(my wife is an aide) have to provide supplies for their classrooms etc, etc…
        Perhaps you intended to criticize charter schools, a method I see as equivalent to paying private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to do jobs our troops had always done before. I think it is primarily a way to kill unions and take down yet another middle class profession…

    • tsal

      How many tax dollars does it take to grow a pumpkin :)

      Good to see the effort go toward something positive rather than creating problems and prison discourse.

  • Lori

    They have to do SOMETHING!! Prison in and of itself does NOT put fear into people to not commit crimes again, it is NOT a deterrant. For lack of a better word, rehabilitation is needed. It is also something that is sorely lacking. Some people (who have never done anything to go to prison) think… just throw them in the box. What happens when they get out if they have not been taught anything?; if they have no prospects of jobs because there is no benefits to the employer for hiring an ex-con? Something needs to be done to train these people and there needs to be some benefit for employers who hire them!!!

    • Tsal

      Agreed. I do not understand a positive in the system. Being criticized. No wonder there are so many repeats.

  • Emmit066

    As part of her responsibilities while being incarcerated, she has to tend to the lawn & was given the chance to grow a pumpkin. Give someone a sense of pride & that can be all the difference that they need to turn their life around. Hopefully she stays true to her word & continues to garden & grow even bigger pumpkins.

  • Web

    I’m happy that she grew the pumpkin, I know I feel pride in my garden when something (sometimes, anything) grows. Every time you feel a little pride in something you do, that’s a good thing.

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