Landlocked prisoners taught deep-water diving
"We leave the racial stuff on the yard because we all have to depend on each other when we're underwater."
- Eric Pawling, inmate/diving student
Chino, California, USA - A landlocked California men's prison aims to keep inmates from returning to jail by putting them in deep water -- training them for undersea construction and dam repair.
No more than 12 percent of the more than 1,600 inmates who have participated in the program have returned to prison -- far below the average recidivism rate of 50 percent in California prisons, officials said.