From an article in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In an unusual tradition, Christopherson has spent three mornings a week for the past 10 years teaching criminals at the Racine prison how to crochet.
Under her instruction, hundreds of inmates have become hooked on making mittens, blankets and other items for needy children - in spite of snickers from the prison's general population. Many have also become hooked on Christopherson, who is widely viewed as a surrogate grandmother.
It would seem that prison crochet programs are getting press because funding cuts are leading to their extinction. Anybody have some stats about whether these programs help inmates turn their lives around?