Exhibit features works by ex-cons

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 05, 2020
By:: Chang Jui-chen and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung speaks to reporters at the ministry in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wu Po-hsuan, Taipei Times

A former convict-turned-artist who was imprisoned for 18 years on drugs charges said on Tuesday that rehabilitation gave him a second chance at life.

The Ministry of Justice and the Taichung Chapter of the Taiwan After-Care Association held an exhibition of works created by former prisoners, as well as a launch event for a book about prisoner rehabilitation, at Taichung’s Dadun Cultural Center.

Speaking at the event, 46-year-old sand painting artist Chu Kuo-fu (朱國富), who was released from prison nine years ago, said support from the association and his wife gave him a new purpose in life.

Chu had gotten caught up in gambling in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華) when he was a teenager, and later turned to selling drugs.    [FULL  STORY]

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