Prisonsers show their talent in annual arts and crafts fair

Hand-carved works also were on display and for sale. A.M. Costa Rica/Zach McDonald

The Centro Nacional de Cultura was the location for the annual prisoners arts and crafts fair Wednesday where music played and people danced throughout the day.

Works of art made by prisoners and refreshments prepared by the juvenile delinquency center were sold on the outer rim as armed penitentiary guards roamed around the dance floor and craft stands.

These works of art were brought from about 10 institutions all over the country. Some inmates on probation or work release attended the fair as well as some still jailed.

The crafts fair had an assortment of items for purchase: boxes, paintings, bags, dolls, purses, toys and even vegetables, all products of prison labor. They were available and, according to the guards, the proceeds will go to a worthy cause.

Mostly the funds earned from the works are donated to the families of inmates and toward helping reintegrate former prisoners into society.

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