Angola Prison Rodeo: Hand Crafted Hobby Crafts

Angola Prison Rodeo: Hand Crafted Hobby Crafts


CONTINUE OUR SERIES ON ANGOLA… LOUISIANA’S STATE PRISON. OUR FOCUS TONIGHT… . THE THOUSANDS OF CRAFTS INMATES MAKE TO SELL DURING THE PRISON RODEO. AS OUR JUSTICE HENDERSON FOUND OUT…. THE RODEO… AND THE CRAFT PROJECTS… HELP BRING IN HALF-A- MILLION DOLLARS EVERY SUNDAY. NATS FOR ELEVEN MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR, INMATES AT ANGOLA STATE PRISON WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO CREATE A VARIETY OF ART WORK TO SELL DURING RODEO SEASON. “THE HOBBY CRAFT THAT I DO IS SORT OF A RELAXATION, SORT OF A THERAPY JUST TO RELAX IN THE OFF HOURS FROM MY REGULAR JOB. BECAUSE EVERYONE IN THE PRISON SYSTEM HAS A 5 DAY A WEEK. 40 HOUR JOB” JOHN SHEEHAN’S SPECIALTY… LEATHER CRAFTS. “I THINK I REALLY DO REALLY NICE LEATHER WORK, AND I GET A LOT OF GOOD COMPLIMENTS ON THE LEATHER WORK THAT I DO, AND SO I DO PRETTY GOOD IN THE SALES THAT I DO BECAUSE OF THE VARIETY OF THINGS I DO WITH THE LEATHER” NATS THE CRAFTS SECTION NOT ONLY ALLOWS INMATES TO PUT MONEY BACK IN THEIR OWN POCKET, BUT THE MONEY RAISED ALSO HELPS THOSE INMATES WHO ARE RELEASED BACK INTO SOCIETY. “EACH ITEM THAT YOU SEE, EACH ROCKING CHAIR, EACH PAINTING THAT’S SOLD. THAT GUY WILL PAY 5% INTO W FELCIAINA TAX BASE, 5% INTO THE STATE TAX BASE AND THEN HE KEEPS THE REMAINDER OF THAT AFTER HE PAYS A SMALL INFRASTRUCTUAL MANTINENCE FEE. AND THAT ALLOWS HIM TO BE ABLE TO SEND MONEY HOME” AND THAT MONEY CAN ADD UP. “WE’VE ACTUALLY PUT CHILDREN THROUGH COLLEGE, BIRTHDAY GIFTS, CHRISTMAS GIFTS, HELPED FAMILY MEMBERS, AND THATS ALL APART OF WHAT WE DO HERE AT ANGOLA AND IN LOUSIANA CORRECTIONS” OFFICIALS TELL ME… IT ALL COMES DOWN TO LEARNING LIFE LESSONS… “IT TEACHES ME ABOUT BUSINESS,BECAUSE I HAVE TO TAKE THE MONEY THAT I MAKE, EARN ENOUGH OF IT TO BE ABLE TO REINVEST AND BUY MORE PRODCUTS, RAW PRODUCTS TO MAKE PRODUCTS. AND THEN HAVE A LITTLE BIT TO SPEND FOR MYSELF AT THE CANTINE” ONE MOTHER WHO COMES TO VISIT EVERY YEAR DURING THE RODEO SAYS SHE’S THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNIES THAT HOBBY CRAFTS ARE BRINGING “I THINK ITS A GREAT HELP TO THEM, BECAUSE WHEN HE GETS OUT HE HAS A TRADE THAT WILL HELP HIM TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT” AT ANGOLA.. JUSTICE HENDERSON… KATC TV 3 IF YOU THOUGHT THIS

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *