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Inmates run the show at New Hampshire exhibit

Table in the Prison Outreach Program (POP) exhibit

Table in the Prison Outreach Program (POP) exhibit

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are hosting an annual exhibition of work from its Prison Outreach Program (POP) at its Concord, N.H. gallery through Jan. 6.

The organization’s members have been teaching fine furniture skills to inmates since 1999.

Vase by Michael Holzapfel. 

Vase by Michael Holzapfel. 

This year, members Tom McLaughlin, Terry Moore, Howard Hatch, Jeffrey Cooper, Lynn Szymanski, and Leah Woods taught in the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, Maine State Prison, and New Hampshire Women’s Correctional Facility.

“Much progress has been made since the inception of the POP program,” the group said in a statement. “This past winter, the NHFM began their first 12-week course in the New Hampshire Women’s Correctional Facility, a first of its kind for incarcerated women. Each program is distinctive and provides opportunities for inmates to spend their time productively, learn a valuable skill that can be executed upon release, and build self-confidence and a sense of self-worth.”

“Sherbet Chair” by POP instructor Howard Hatch. 

“Sherbet Chair” by POP instructor Howard Hatch. 

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This article was originally published in the December 2022 issue.

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