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Knitting behind bars

“The men were reluctant at first, complaining that knitting was too girly or too difficult. (…) Now, every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., they come to class, leaving their crimes and the hierarchies of prison life behind. (…) They started by knitting comfort dolls, which they gave to children removed from their homes because of domestic issues. (…)

‘I was like, I’m not going to that thing. And then I went, and you were actually speaking to real people. People can’t really understand [that in prison] you’re completely separated from anything normal or real in the world. You’re always told what to do and when to do it, so to have people come in and treat you like a human being means so much. They came in and they were like my mom.’ ”

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