Knitting Behind Bars: Hardened Criminals Learn to Love Knitting
Criminals have been taught to knit at by Lynn Zwerling and Sheila Rovelstad at Jessup Pre-Release Unit (JPRU) in Jessup, Maryland. The program is called Knitting Behind Bars. The idea is could calm the prisoners and give them a cope mechanism for when they re-enter society. The pair have taught over 100 prisoners how to knit so far. All the knit creations made by the prisoners are donated to charity. Take a look:
The Christian Science Monitor also has a story about the knitting prisoners which says the knitting is opening up their world.