Monday, November 15, 2010

Prisoners Released for the Day

Oasis Feature: Scenes Around Town

Urban Train Artisanos in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Prisoners carve and craft objects to sell to daily commuters.

What do you think of this rehabilitation program idea? Prisoners learn to create and market folk art. I was surprised that conversation with customers was allowed. I was able to barter for a unique Don Quixote but decided to buy it later.  Unfortunately, they were already gone when I returned in the afternoon. Mr. Oasis won't get another Don Q for his collection!


  1. This is interesting. I suppose carving art is a nice way to lift the human spirit.

  2. Where can I see this art? Looks interesting and I believe it is more productive then sitting in a cell. Although very odd that conversation with customers was allowed!

  3. I think it is a great they say 'Idle hands are the devil's workshop' and if they are busy and lift hearts, all the better!


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