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Reforming prisoners through art and creativity in Taiwan

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Inmates wearing masks and traditional aboriginal costumes play the Indonesian bamboo instrument at the Changhua jail located in Taiwan's central Erlin township.

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Inmates in grey uniform play the harmonica during a routine practice session at the Changhua jail located in Taiwan's central Erlin township.

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Inmates give their final touch to a lantern at a Changhua jail factory located in Taiwan's central Erlin township.

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Inmates in grey uniforms walk past an iron gate after they completed a routine musical practice session at the Changhua jail located in Taiwan's central Erlin township.

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A handout photo taken and released by Taiwan's Changhua jail authorities in the central Erlin township on Jan. 30, 2011 shows an overview of 2,011 inmates, tipped to be a world record, dancing to the tunes of a famous song by local pop diva A-Mei.

 

AFP - "Through continued contact with art, whatever its form, inmates will be able to boost their confidence, while nurturing a feeling of honor," Tai said. "We think of Changhua Prison as a jail of art."

The prison houses eight different performing ensembles, with instruments ranging from mouth organs to the traditional two-stringed fiddle. One group also performs Taiwanese puppet theatre. Read the full story here.