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Julie Michaels Gets Prison Time at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Julie and C.O. in Plus Unit Control Room at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (J. Kincaid)

I’ve never been to jail, until today.  My life-long community service program (what most people simply call “life”) lead me to a morning spent in the big house.  Johnny Kincaid and I took the WJLT Morning Show to the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility this morning.

Julie reporting from the big house (J. Kincaid)

We observed offenders and listened to Correction Officers and staff members explain the Plus Unit (Purposeful Living Units Serve),which, frankly, is pretty serene and mellow.

Step right into a world of control (J. Kincaid)

Maybe I should take up quilting. These guys made 3,000 quilts last year, and expect to make even more in 2013. Who would ever imagine offenders in a maximum security facility making quilts?  Most of the quilts are quite intricate.  All are beautiful.  The men who make them are extremely proud of their work and happy to know each quilt is helping an organization or individual.

Plus Unit offender sharing quilting accomplishments with Julie Michaels (J. Kincaid)

The men in the Plus Unit always welcome fabric donations. If you would like to donate material, contact Public Information Officer, Rich Larsen -  rlarsen@idoc.in.gov, (812) 398-5050 ext. 4110a.

Since 2005, PLUS participants have donated over $26,445 from food sales and quilt raffles to numerous Wabash Valley charitable causes.

Julie Michaels doin’ time (J. Kincaid)

“PLUS has expanded their quilting skills to donate specialty quilts to local schools, organizations and churches for fundraising events, quilts for the homeless, specialty quilts for government dignities, a quilt for Miss America 2010, and twice has won “honorable mention” at the Indiana State Fair for quilt entries” – (secure.in.gov/idoc/…/WVCF_Purposeful_Living_Units_Serve.pdf)‎.  PLUS is a self sustaining program and receives no State or Federal money.

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