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Inmate Arts Program Teaches Skills in TC

 
Inmate Arts Program Teaches Skills in TC
Posted Thursday, February 27th 2014 @ 8am  by The Associated Press

An inmate arts program that started about five years ago at the Leelanau County Jail teaches everything from crochet to fly tying.
 
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports   that  the classes are taught by corrections officer Diane Speas. The  arts program is funded almost entirely by donations and recently received an annual $750 contribution from the Suttons Bay Art Festival.
 
Speas says the program not only gives inmates a skill they can use on the outside, but participants come away with a sense that someone believes in them. Classes also help break up the monotony and isolation of incarceration.
 
Up to 12 inmates are in a class and only low-security inmates are allowed. The flies tied are given to veterans.

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