January 24, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Inmate Art Featured
in PCSO Displays
Framed samples of
inmate art are being featured in displays throughout the Polk County
Sheriff's Office jail facilities.
Large collages of inmates' drawings, poetry and writings have been framed
and displayed in the lobby areas of the PCSO jail facilities and other
Sheriff's Office buildings. Each collage features an assortment of pencil
drawings, various poems and numerous samples of writings (approximately
nine in each collection).
The inmate artwork was first collected in a scrap book by medical
personnel working in the jail. The collection was so impressive,
Department of Detention staff decided to arrange and frame the artwork for
public display and enjoyment.
Inmates are encouraged to use art as an effective and productive way to
express their feelings and emotions. Many inmates draw or write on their
own, and some participate in a weekly art class offered to inmates.
"Publicly displaying the inmates' artwork not only promotes the inmates
continued involvement in art, but also serves as an example to other
inmates and the public of the positive things inmates are capable of
accomplishing and producing," said Department of Detention Colonel Willie
NOTE: photos of two of the collections are included with this press
Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media
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