Prisons That Offer Crochet Programs: Creative Incarceration
by Hannah Ege
There are so many benefits to crochet – it is a great stress reliever and helps many people relax in an almost meditative manner. Crochet is also great for self-esteem since it involves working to create a finished product that you can be proud of.
Crochet can also give you a chance to help others through donations of crocheted items and sometimes helping others is the best way to help yourself. There are many different types of institutions where crochet benefits people in these ways – such as nursing homes and correctional facilities.
Crochet Programs for the Incarcerated
Here are five stories of groups or individual inmates who found a lifeline with crochet as they served their time, along with programs and organizations that help create crochet programs within correctional facilities.
Being run for over two decades now, the Crochet Club is a sub-group of the Veterans Group within Auburn Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
With weekly attendance by incarcerated veterans, this group has a long waiting list for inmates who want to join in creating hats and blankets for babies in need.
This weekly group gives the men a chance to socialize positively together, make something for the outside community and also learn a new skill they can continue to use both within the facilities and outside.
Here's another great example of inmates who took the initiative to start their own beading and crochet program within their correctional facility.
With a few inmates knowing the craft, they were able to teach others their skills and get help accessing donations sent in. Finished projects were then donated to local hospitals and nursing homes and inmates were able to earn crochet time outside of the two weekly craft sessions held.