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Aug 3, 2013

Brazilian prisoners knit their way to freedom

Brazilian prisoners knit their way to freedom

When Brazilian fashion designer Raquel Guimaraes had trouble finding knitters for her Doiselles brand of high fashion a few years ago, she found the perfect solution in one of the highest security prisons in the country. In the Arisvaldo de Campos Pires maximum security penitentiary in Juiz de Fora she trained 18 prisoners sentenced for crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder, to knit the highest quality in exchange for pay and reduced sentences.

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