Friday, February 7, 2014

U.S. to spend up to $95,000 to fund Haiti prison sweatshop

Prisoners are seen at a temporary prison at a street corner in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Reuters

A newly announced grant opportunity will provide prison inmates with “vocational training” so they can make their own uniforms, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), an arm of the State Department that combats international narcotics and crime, will award up to $95,000 for a program that will teach Haitian inmates how to sew in order to “discourage recidivism.”

Calling it a “unique approach,” the INL is accepting applications for the project from nonprofit organizations and universities in the United States and Haiti through March 5. The project will cost between $40,000 and $95,000 for one year.

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