Program gives inmates purpose with painting

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Exposure to the art world is helping inmates turn away from crime at Cook County jail.

11 inmates form the jail were selected by a corrections officer with hopes of ignited the love of art and history she’s carried since childhood.

None of the inmates were painters and only a couple had any real art interest at all. But a little knowledge and some house paint has turned the group into budding Picassos - with a new found interest of a world away from prison walls.

Programs like this are not uncommon at Division 11, amedium security facility where most offenders face charges associated with things like drugs or stealing. Many inmates get life training on everything from cooking to parenting and even guitar or chess.

Many of them say it has given them purpose, while their futures within the legal system are still uncertain.


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