Inmates at HMP Dodds work on prison calendar second time around

After their very first calendar was so well-received, inmates in the rehabilitation programme at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Dodds are putting the finishing touches on a 2015 calendar.

Tentatively themed Second Time Around the calendar features 12 paintings and 23 pieces of poetry with a total of 31 inmates working on submissions including one who assisted with the calendar's compilation. And 11 of the 12 paintings in the calendar are by National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) awardees with each month showcasing a different parish in Barbados.

Tentatively themed Second Time Around the calendar features 12 paintings and 23 pieces of poetry with a total of 31 inmates working on submissions including one who assisted with the calendar’s compilation. And 11 of the 12 paintings in the calendar are by National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) awardees with each month showcasing a different parish in Barbados.

ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. (AMBL) is sponsoring the production of the calendar and its placement throughout its subsidiaries for the second year. Last Christmas over 4,000 copies of the 2014 calendar, titled Promoting Second Chances, were distributed to families and friends of inmates as well as through ANSA McAL subsidiaries to customers and member of the public. This year, the number of calendars distributed is expected to increase.

The calendar was coordinated by Jan Lewis, the prison’s volunteer librarian. She explained it was part of the prison’s Second Chance initiative which aims to educate society on its rehabilitative efforts.

The artwork in the calendar features the work of 11 NIFCA awardees and depicts a different geographical location

The artwork in the calendar features the work of 11 NIFCA awardees and depicts a different geographical location

AMBL has an established relationship with the prison which has seen it contributing computers, television and a DVD player for educational use in the prison’s rehabilitation programme through two of its subsidiaries – Consolidated Finance Company and Standard Distribution & Sales (B’dos) Ltd.

President and CEO of ANSA McAL (Barbados), Nicholas Mouttet said, “ANSA McAL Barbados has a vision to help persons reintegrate effectively once their debt to society has been paid. And in this way the entire country can benefit. We also continue to identify micro-enterprise opportunities so that former inmates can generate income for themselves and jobs for others.”

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