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March 27, 2014

On the hook: Correctional students knit for charity

Juvenile correctional facility students knit garments for charity

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"It keeps them busy," Hedges said, "it keeps them focused on doing something for someone else."

The PLUS program is one of three therepeutic communities in the facility. It has 20 slots and allows more privileges, requiring a student who has proved himself behaviorally as a member of other general population units. A student must go at least 30 days without any disciplinary paperwork filed against them before they can even apply. Students at the facility enter either a character-based or faith-based tract and the PLUS program accepts both.

Anthony, 16, has knitted several scarves, baby hats and adult hats during his time in the PLUS program.

He said he enjoys it because "it helps out people in need," adding that he hopes he'd be helped in the same way should he ever need it.

Additionally, he can't complain about how much faster the activity makes his community service hours go by.

"By the time you look up at the clock, it's almost shift change," he said.

Anthony was involved with gangs before coming to the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility. He said he chose the character-based tract to better himself and get out of his old habits.

"You don't want to be here, it's not fun," he said was the most significant thing he's learned so far, going on to describe the strict rules, having to be quiet all the time and constant line formations he and his fellow students have to abide by.

Since entering the facility, Anthony has taken vocational classes in money management and cable installation and is looking forward to seeking employment when his stay is complete.

Derrick, working away on his orange and green scarf, said he chose the faith-based tract in order to build a relationship with God.

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