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New Group Aims To Connect People Behind Bars In Idaho With Community Through Art

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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, inmates walk across the grounds of the Idaho State Correctional Institution in Kuna, Idaho.

We’ve heard a lot about criminal justice reform in recent years—but for people already living behind bars in Idaho, there’s a new nonprofit that’s trying to serve inmates with a connection to the outside world.

The medium for that connection? Art—specifically crafts, music and writing.

Joining Idaho Matters is the Executive Director of the Idaho Prison Arts Collective Michael Richardson.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!