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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:30 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - A service organization has completed construction of a greenhouse at the state prison in Juneau.

The Rotary Club of Juneau built the 40-by-15-foot facility at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Rotarians tell the Juneau Empire ( that providing inmates with the opportunity to garden could be therapeutic.

The club began building construction in July. The $13,000 greenhouse replaces one destroyed by a windstorm years ago.

Warden G. Scott Wellard says the greenhouse could be an educational opportunity where inmates could learn about horticulture and landscaping.

The prison can house about 220 inmates. Convicted felons make up about 80 percent of the prison population.

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