Friday, October 06, 2006

Prison Tour

I took a tour of the local correctional facility this morning. It was interesting to see the various programs they have there to help train the men to do something when they get out. At one time they had even more, but funding cuts have taken them away. It's a pity, really.

One of the amazing areas that they work in was an art area. The gentleman showed us some of the artwork done by inmates and it was incredible. He said they will paint pictures for the public for a very reasonable amount. The artwork was really well done.

I was glad I had the opportunity to go, but hearing the doors close behind us really made my heart start to pound. Freedom is one of the things I just never get enough of so being inside a prison, even temporarily, was not an enjoyable experience for me.

However, I was impressed with the facility and the warden who runs it. One of the things he has been insistent about is having flowers planted in various places on the grounds. It really makes a difference.

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