Inmates perform music.

Inmates perform music.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution

An offender reads poetry during the talent show.

An offender reads poetry during the talent show.

Offenders at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) displayed their talents through visual and performing arts at the recent “Inmate Got Talent” show. Participating acts varied from singing and comedy to poetry and personal artistic drawings.

The July 23 multicultural-themed talent show showcased 37 offenders. One of DVI’s inmate musicians, Larry Johnson, is referred to by his peers as one of the highest-regarded guitarists within the walls of the state prison system. In addition, DVI has a unique comedian in that his material is based on his personal experience and life behind bars over the past 14 years. His comedy reflects the lighter side of DVI and the programs that support harmony.

The talent show also featured various offenders who became poets while participating in DVI’s poetry program throughout the years. Several offenders said poetry recital helps bring inner-peace and “quiets the storm inside” while incarcerated.

Talent show participants remain inspired by the parole date they hold for re-entry into society and becoming reacquainted with family and friends.  The talent show was organized by DVI’s band room director Tracy Hunter, who volunteers her time on a weekly basis to bring hope through DVI’s music program.

Inmates perform during the talent show.

Inmates perform during the talent show.