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Ketchikan Inmates Fold 3,000 Origami Cranes

KCC inmates fold 3000 origami cranes

Several inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center learned of the Japanese story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In discussing this story a group of inmates were challenged to give back to the community. The result of the discussion was the KCC Origami Challenge. The inmates were shown how to make cranes and learned that cranes, and origami in general, are about balance, something they should strive for in their own lives. For the challenge the inmates decided to fold 1,000 cranes out of recycled magazines. Over Memorial Day weekend 2,000 cranes had been fashioned by the men and another 1,000 by just five women. “They crushed this challenge and should be very proud of themselves for all that they accomplished and the good that these small tokens will bestow on someone they may never know,” said Superintendent Jessica Mathews. “Cost to the State: $0. Cost to do something selfless for another: $priceless.”

Editorial in the Ketchikan Daily News