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Make (a garment or other item) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine.

It seems a delicate job for hard men, but it is part of a scheme launched in 2009 when a  Brazilian fashion designer was short on staff and  turned to the inmates in a local prison. She teaches them how to knit and crochet, and then these items are exported to France, the United States, Japan and other countries.

“The program gives inmates skills and confidence they can use when they return to life on the outside. This raises the self-esteem of the prisoners, and opens the door to work and employment for everyone else,” said a former prison inmate.

The prisoners receive a salary , but probably the most motivating incentive for them is that for every three days work of knitting, they have one day taken off their sentence.

A delicate job for hard men.Exercises.


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This entry was posted on 24/05/2013 by in Listening, Social Issues.
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