Children greeted by inmate-painted murals at High Desert State Prison

An inmate paints a mural in a visiting area at High Desert State Prison.

An inmate paints a mural in a visiting area at High Desert State Prison.

By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/Public Information Officer
High Desert State Prison

The visiting rooms at High Desert State Prison are getting murals, thanks to the artistic talents of some inmates.

Visiting staff recognized the need to “spruce up” the visiting rooms, especially the areas where the visiting children are allowed to play.

The visiting staff put forth the idea to the inmate populations and quickly identified talented artists.

The inmates provided sketches of what they would like to put on the mural and once approved, were allowed to paint the children’s areas.

Pictured are the inmate artists putting the final touches on the mural in the Facility D Visiting Room. All of the visiting areas should be completed by the end of the year.

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Inmates paint murals in a children’s area of the visiting room at High Desert State Prison.

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5 Responses

  1. alissia martinez Thursday, August 11, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I’m glad that there will be some bright colors when i go visit my brother and bring my two nephews along with me. this we allow us to block off the prison world and just enjoy each others company and have lunch together. Thank you!

  2. Tracy McCowan Tuesday, November 17, 2015 / 10:49 am

    What a wonderful thing for both the visitors and the inmates! I hope more facilities do this.

  3. Tammy Salazar RN ASP Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / 10:28 am

    This is a wonderful idea and they are some talented artists. I hope this idea will also make its way to ASP.

  4. Sandra Cardoza Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / 8:49 am

    What a bright and cheerful mural; the children are sure to enjoy it!

  5. Michele.Hoffman@cdcr.ca.gov Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / 8:45 am

    This is a great idea. The children visiting should be made comfortable and from the pictures, the inmates have painted friendly and colorful animals! Great job, High Desert.

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