Organized by: Ryan Payne
Thousands of individuals are incarcerated in the state of Arkansas each year. The vast majority of them have families who suffer financially while they are away. In addition many return to a life of crime upon release because they are starting over with nothing and find it difficult to find gainful employment. For many crime seems to be the fastest, and perhaps the only, way available to start earning money. Lockdown Arts would help to break this cycle by providing inmates with a legitimate way to earn money while incarcerated by utilizing their creative and artistic abilities. This money could then either be used to support their families while they are away or saved to aid them in getting on their feet upon their release. Lockdown Arts would pay the inmates for the rights to or use of their art or product, which range from drawings and paintings to jewelry like rings and bracelets,and then sell these items to the general public. Inmates could also apply to Lockdown Arts for funding on Hobbycraft, which is a store already set up through the Arkansas Department of Corrections through which inmates can purchase artistic supplies, to help them begin producing items for sale.