Art by the Incarcerated

Inmates at Maine's state prisons, many of whom are facing decades behind bars without a chance of parole, are finding new purpose through creative expression, making artwork and crafts for sale outside of prison walls


An artfully rendered prison art purse circa 1960 made from 1,500 Pall Mall cigarette packages. An art form using a meticulous technique taught in some prisons as rehabilitation or a way to make money through the prison commissary in the early to mid 20th century.

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