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Lockup: Horticulture
Framed by a yellow oleander at sunrise, Ray Orrill loves his work inside a 6 1/2 -acre nursery, enclosed by a chain-link fence. "If I was getting paid for this, this would be the easiest money I ever made," he says. Five mornings a week, Orrill and about 20 male inmates participate in the vocational horticulture program behind the Falkenburg Road Jail. Their histories vary. Some sold drugs, drove with a suspended driver's license or stole. All serve a jail sentence and are considered a minimum security risk. During class, they grow corn, peppers, squash, melons and fruit trees. They learn how to fertilize, plant and cultivate. According to public records, Orrill's first arrest was at age 16. He figures that peer pressure didn't help him. "You are who you hang out with," he says. Now 29, he's been arrested 18 times and is serving a one-year sentence for stealing a car and posses-sion of burglary tools. When he gets out, he wants to find an honest job. Perhaps on a shrimp boat. "If I worked half as hard as I did in jail, I'd be in good shape," Orrill adds. "Hopefully, I won't come back here."
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