Inmates carve out new skills for Prison Showroom

6:25 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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THOMASTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Hundreds of wood items will be on sale at a discount at the Maine State Prison Showroom this weekend.

Furniture, toys, boats and dozens of other items were made by inmates in the prison's wood shop program. The wares have been sold out of the showroom since the 1930's, but the program itself started at the prison more than 150 years ago as way to teach inmates new skills when are released back into society.

Inmates make between one to three dollars an hour and work six hours a day five days a week. Prison officials say some inmates have used the woodworking skills to help them find a job after getting out of prison.

'Woodworking, no questio,n is therapeutic, we see that transition real well into any number of jobs when they arrive back on the streets,'  said Bob Walden, the director of industries programs at the Maine State Prison.

The Spring Spectacular where all the items in the store are discounted 25 percent will run until April 21st.

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