Date: January 24, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

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 Hall.

NOTE: photos of two of the collections are included with this press release.

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