Crocheting Behind Bars

It can be hard to imagine male inmates sitting in prison crocheting – but that is exactly what is happening at the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon State Correctional Institution.

The program was developed several years ago as a way for incarcerated inmates to be able to give back to the community by crocheting articles to donate to charity. In the beginning, the male inmates were a bit unsure of the whole process, barely able to even understand the difference between a skein of yarn and different size crochet needles, not to mention the language of crocheting!


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