"Breaking the chains that bind" Dakota County jail - an unlikely art studio More than 2 million people will be released from local jails in the next year. Weve heard the statistics about those likely to reoffend, but Blair Anderson, Dakota Countys jail commander, chooses to focus on hope. Anderson knows inmates will be released and when they get out, he wants them to stay out. He looks for ways to connect inmates to programs that will help them get established once they leave. He is also recognizing talents of those in jail to use those skills to inspire and give hope to others. Right now Joel Foote, Michael Vance, and Carl Asfeld are artists in an unlikely studio. Theyre creating art that will inspire inmates, perhaps an even broader audience. The three inmates stand on a scaffold, hands black from charcoal, using art to bring a concrete wall to life. Art decorates their bodies too, a canvas for tattoos that tell only part of their story. A 30-foot by 15-foot wall in the jails gym stands before them as a new canvas for a mural that promises hope and inspiration. An American Flag flies free over the skylines of Minneapolis and St. Paul with and eagle soaring above. A prisoner bowed low in his cell is watched by a guardian angel. Praying hands and breaking chains convey the present trial and the future hope. The flags colors will contrast with the stark charcoal drawing. Thats the concept for the mural. The theme: Breaking the chains that bind. Its a space used for handball and other sports as well as church services and group activities. It will inspire inmates—perhaps it could inspire others, too. Anderson knows jails are filled with talent. Many are artist, some are skilled tradesman and some are former business owners. Getting inmates to recognize their talents and find ways to contribute is one of Andersons goals. Helping to link inmates with resources is another. He has started unique programs, hopeful that the opportunities he finds for inmates will make a difference in their lives and in the lives of communities. Be sure to click "watch in HD"
Serve a little time with us in the Dakota County Jail. Ever wonder what it would be like to go to jail? Heres your chance to go behind locked doors and find out. The Dakota County Jail is respected as one of the cleanest and best run jails in Minnesota. Part of the staffs mission is to provide prisoners an environment where they can behave like law abiding people; a place where they know someone is definitely in charge. Be sure to click "watch in HD"
Louie the Dog with the help of Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows takes a tour of the jail facilities in Hastings, MN.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office brainstorms how to respond to Apple Valley PD's Lip Sync Challenge. Apple Valley Police Lip Sync Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH19JQ_M6co Concept by - Captain Patrick Enderlein, Sergeant Dawanna Witt, Correctional Deputy Sara Salava Directed & Edited by - Michael Kampa Cinematography by - Michael Kampa, Kurt Radtke, Mike Bremer Aerial Photography by - Mike Bremer Audio & Mixing Engineer - Kurt Radtke
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This video was created by an Inmate in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, MN. The inmate is housed in the Inmates Motivated to Change unit which offers many programming options for the inmates to lead a successful life once they are released from custody. This is an initiative by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office.
Dakota County Jail inmates Michael Vance, Joel Foote and Carl Asfeld worked on a mural in the jail gymnasium as part of a new effort to inspire inmates to use their talents and stay out of jail.
An escaped inmate is now in custody after hijacking a Department of Corrections vehicle, report Jennifer Mayerle and Kate Raddatz (3:24). WCCO 4 News At 6 – May 26, 2017