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A team of inmates working in the sewing shop at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison recently spent two weeks designing, fabricating and finishing more than 500 backpacks.

The backpacks – created with materials donated by the Utah Department of Corrections –   were delivered to the Children’s Justice Center on Monday, Dec. 3. There, they will be filled with donated items before being distributed to younger children served by the center.

“There are a lot of inmates here who wanted to be on the project,” said Steve Gerber, a supervisor for Utah Correctional Industries, which operates the sewing shop. “Some of these guys, you know, they’ve made some big mistakes. I think they’re looking to pay some restitution in other ways and this is just one opportunity that they can give back to the community.”

According to its website, The Children’s Justice Center is dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective, efficient and that minimize trauma for the child.

 

Public Information Department, Dec. 12, 2018