It may be hard to imagine prison inmates and ex-offenders involved in the dairy industry. However, in upstate New York, where there are plenty of prisons and cows, a grassroots organization called, Milk Not Jails,
began in order to help with prison reform and to help with the state’s dairy crisis as the costs of producing milk rose.
Milk Not Jails is a volunteer-run organization that is working on building an alliance with dairy farmers and prisoners of New York. The organization is made up of urban and rural residents, prison justice activists, farmers, artists, formerly incarcerated people, local food enthusiasts, and prison families.