Inmates kick in $3,300 for public safety monument

By The Associated Press

PLAINFIELD — Inmates at an Indiana state prison have donated $3,300 to a monument honoring public safety officers.

The monument has been proposed for Friendship Gardens Park in Plainfield, southwest of Indianapolis. Plainfield also is the home of a state prison.

Chad Platt, the prison’s recreation coordinator, tells the Indianapolis Star that inmates contributed money during a fundraiser in which they were allowed to buy Pizza Hut pizzas and Arby’s sandwiches. He says they might have been motivated by the food.

Monument organizers say roughly 10 percent of the money for the $97,000 project has been raised so far. It will be called Celebration of Service Plaza.

Dave Weaver, a retired prison educator who is leading the fundraising effort, hopes the monument makes visitors think about people who keep them safe.

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