Prison Pipeline on 02/13/12
The last place you would expect a thriving crochet program to be is in a medium security prison. Yet, at the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem, such a program exists. The crochet program was designed as a service project for incarcerated men to give back to the community.
The club is called Crocheting for the Community. The class started out with 15 men who didn't know the difference between a skein of yarn and a roll of toilet paper, but it has grown into a class of more than 20 men and a waiting list.
On this Prison Pipeline fundraiser special, host Megan Vosk will interview James, a former inmate, about his involvement in the club. Also in the studio will be Lyle Murphy, a folklore studies student from the University of Oregon, who is researching the club for his Master's thesis project.