KCCC inmates help families in need

24 inmates in blue prison wear pose for photo
Members of the Idaho Veterans Group at KCCC

Two groups of Idaho inmates incarcerated at Kit Carson Correctional Center in Colorado are giving back to the community in which the prison is located.

The Kit Carson chapter of the Idaho Veterans Group recently donated $1,000 to the Prairie Family Center. The center is a non-profit organization which provides education, health care, youth programs and financial support to vulnerable families in Burlington, Colo.

The inmates asked the center to use the money to provide emergency services to needy families, and to support the local Toys for Tots campaign. The inmates raised the money by selling pizzas at KCCC.

The other group inmates, the Frayed Knot crochet group, made and decorated hundreds of scarves, mittens, hats and toys, which were distributed to families at Burlington's annual holiday parade and at the Prairie Family Center's recent open house.

The Idaho Veterans Group's mission is "To provide a patriotic environment away from the politics of incarcerated life for the Idaho veterans incarcerated at Kit Carson Correctional Center and to assist veterans and other groups in need in the outside community." Membership is open to all inmates who do not have a less than honorable discharge from one of the five branches of the U.S. military.

In the past the group has donated crocheted items to the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise and teamed up with two restaurants to raise money for the Idaho chapter of the Wounded Warriors Project. KCCC is a medium-security prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

In August and September of 2012, the Idaho Department of Correction moved 250 inmates to the prison due to a shortage of beds in prisons and jails in Idaho. There are now 239 Idaho inmates incarcerated at KCCC.

Story published: 01/06/2014
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