Artwork made by state inmates to be sold at craft fair

Updated: 07/30/2014 2:15 PM | Created: 07/29/2014 10:54 PM
By: Web Staff

Artwork made by inmates in New Mexico prisons will be sold to the public for the first time ever at a hobby craft fair in October.

"These are things that are not on the market that I'm aware of. And the detail is very good, and so is the quality," said Acting Director of Corrections Industries, Anna Martin.

Working on these paintings, textiles and wood crafts transforms the inmates.

"Life hasn't ended just because they did something wrong. There's a chance for them to become something better," inmate David Van Horn said.

Van Horn is serving his 19th year of a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder. He makes silver charm jewelry.

The money goes toward restitution, prison programs and charities.

The fair will take place at the New Mexico Corrections Department in Santa Fe on Oct. 11. It lasts from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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