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South Dakota’s Prisoners are Rehabilitating Bikes for Needy Children

Hundreds of bikes are jailed each year in South Dakota.

South Dakota’s Prisoners are Rehabilitating Bikes for Needy Children

Every year, hundreds of stray bikes in South Dakota wind up in the Mike Durfee State Prison for rehabilitation. It’s all part of the Pedal Power from the Pen program where inmates at the prison reupholster, repair, and repaint hundreds of bicycles that are handed out to underprivileged children throughout the state at the end of the year.


Some bikes are broken and have been donated to the charity, others are unclaimed bikes that have been collected by law enforcement agencies throughout the state. After being refurbished by the Durfee inmates, the bikes are distributed to churches, non-profit agencies, or to children of inmates that are in need of two-wheeled transportation. Not only is the program a great way to help kids get around, it allows inmates to give back to the community.

(H/T South Dakota Department of Corrections)

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