Knitting is helping Reduce Prison Sentences
Inmates at a prison in Brazil are learning a new skill, while also being able to take time off their sentence. Designer, Raquell Guimaraes, was looking for a workforce for her new line, and was unable to find anyone who was qualified or cost-effective. That’s when she had an idea.
She decided to employ the inmates at the local prison. She could teach them a new skill, boost morale, and give them a wage. The prisoners receive 75% of the minimum wage, but also learn a skill they can take with them to the outside world, making it easier for them to find employment.
Unconventional, maybe, but it seems to be working. And we think its a win for knitting and crocheting everywhere!
What do you think? Would you hire an inmate from your local prison? What about offering a knitting program that reduces prison sentences?
The Knitting World
We love that the world of knitting and crochet is full of stories like this one, full of hope and good news. People seem to come together around knitting, and we all know, it’s good for the soul. When we can do something we enjoy, with people we enjoy, our quality of life goes up considerably. People who knit seem to be much less lonely, and they find purpose again, or for the first time.
Do you know someone who is lonely, or looking to be part of something bigger? Teach them to knit! It may save their life.
How about you?
How is knitting making a difference in your life? Or in your community? We’d love to hear about your Good News & Knitting (or Crafting or Crocheting or any creative outlet)!
Thanks for reading!
Have fun Creating and Connecting,
Knitting Reduces Prison Sentences in Brazil:
Original story found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22574008