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Prisons an unlikely laboratory

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12:15pm, April 4, 2013

Graduate student Craig Ulrich carried out his first published research project not in a university lab, but as a prison inmate.

In 2004 Ulrich accidentally shot and killed a college classmate. Convicted of first-degree manslaughter (which in Washington state means a death caused through recklessness), he ended up at the Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, Wash. His college background in biology made him a perfect candidate to work in the facility’s composting program, set up by Evergreen State College in nearby Olympia. Data he collected

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