A rainbow and pot of goal with the message "Hallway of Hope" have been painted in D Block at the Lancaster County Prison. According to the painting team, "This is to allow the inmates to see prison does not have to be dreary or a dead end. We have time and room to change." (Source: Lancaster County Prison)
A rainbow and pot of goal with the message "Hallway of Hope" have been painted in D Block at the Lancaster County Prison. According to the painting team, "This is to allow the inmates to see prison does not have to be dreary or a dead end. We have time and room to change." (Source: Lancaster County Prison)

Lancaster County Prison Officer Irene Riley was honored at Thursday's Prison Board meeting with a certificate of appreciation for her efforts to boost inmate morale.

Riley recently led inmates in a project to paint inspirational words and symbols on what had been a drab concrete block wall in D Block, which is one of the prison's older sections.

"They just said, 'Can we?' and I said, 'Let's go,'" Riley told the board members.

The project serves as a reminder, she said, "that we all have to have some sort of hope."

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(Source: Lancaster County Prison)

Tim Stuhldreher