CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4) — Older Nevada inmates get a chance to not only learn knitting and crocheting, but also skills to give back to society.
The Senior Structured Living Program, also known as True Grit, began in 2003 as a way for older inmates in state prisons to receive better physical and mental care.
The program has grown since then, and True Grit became a way to bridge prison and the community.
It's a seven-day-a-week, full-time commitment, and there are now 170 inmates taking part in the program, offering them a chance to give back.
"This program is going to help the kids and the animals and the Humane Society, and I thought that would be pretty cool," said Michael Donavan, an inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.
The skills they learn also help inmates with their rehabilitation.
"It's calmed me down," said Donald Scott. "They say I was violent. I don't think I was, and I'm not anymore. I'm grouchy sometimes, but I think that comes with age."
Donovan also said the program gives him a chance at self-reflection.