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Jail Cats

 - Jul 31, 2007
Instead of complaining about their time behind bars, prisoners in an Italian jail have put their sentence to good use by applying their creative talents.

Paola Mazzini, 60, is one of these designers and hopes to put the profits towards helping others. Stuck behind bars for drug charges, she used her time to teamed up with several inmates to launch their own fashion brand.

The New Zealand Herald reports, “The inmates at Milan's San Vittore prison have learned tailoring skills from a local cooperative that aims to help women behind bars, and have already made costumes for theatre and television as well as flowing dresses and long-sleeved shirts for shops.”

The costume designs can be seen at Milan's La Scala Opera House and their line of T-shirts are sold in libraries under the brand, “Jail Cats.”