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Prison's Paper Project Program helps inmates learn a new craft

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Picking up a new skill to help pass the time - that's what the inmates in this next story have been doing. The group recently showcased their artwork at the Mangilao facility.  

It's the prison's Paper Project Program, as inmate Max Fel demonstrated, "This is all paper. This is all newspaper. There's no wood or anything else like that. It's all paper." Fel has been at the local prison for the past seven-and-a-half years. And lately he's been crafting. "To make myself busy," he said. "To make my time go by fast."

He's hoping to get out in time for the holidays.

The program is all part of DepCor's rehabilitation process teaching the inmates skills they could possibly use on the outside. The inmates use materials like glue, paint, and paper to get the project going.

Inmate Tim Sablan is proud of his piece, saying, "Simple. It's my first project so I just thought I'd do something. I didn't want to go overboard and mess it up. It took me awhile to do this because the paint and I had to touch up on it and do a few things to make it looks the way it looks now. You got to put some love into it because if you don't it's going to show."

Inmate and former police officer Roy Pablo put passion into his project, sharing, "It's kind of like a dollhouse. Something I built just to pass the time. My kids actually I built a few for them. This one is by far the biggest one I've done. It also gives us a sense of camaraderie so that we can actually help each other do things."

And a skill to prepare them for whatever may come once they get out, as he said, "I want to pass my skill to other friends so when I get out I have something to get busy on so I stay out of trouble. When we get out it makes us more sociable. That's one thing you fight when you get here: the institutionalization, and that's the one thing you don't want.

"You don't come to this place to become comfortable."

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