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Hazel Lydia Snapp, 70, died Nov. 17, 2014, in Seattle.
6/25/2013
A good choice

Good people make bad choices and end up in jail.

But that doesn't mean all of their decisions are bad.

They can be just the opposite.

Some of the inmates at the Ketchikan Correctional Center decided to create 3,000 origami cranes over the Memorial Day weekend.

Last week they presented the cranes to Women in Safe Homes, Ketchikan Medical Center and Ketchikan Pioneers' Home.

If Jarvis Perez is representative of the inmates, they're pretty proud of their accomplishment, too.

Nothing wrong with that. It's terrific that while incarcerated inmates can be productive and feel pleased.

Perez is so hooked on creating origami cranes, he's still making them.

The inmates' interest was piqued when Superintendent Jessica Mathews told them people make the cranes for peace, and a Japanese legend goes that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will have his or her wish granted.

The first night's effort produced 800 cranes.

Mathews now is considering other programs for the inmates and has mentioned crotcheting. The crotcheted items could be donated to the community, she says.

This is a terrific way to encourage the inmates, helping them to move beyond a bad decision and be a part of something good.