© 2010 Andrew Shurtleff

A Taste of Freedom

At the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, rappers, gospel singers, poets and musicians have been collaborating to create music that can be enjoyed by the community. The weekly Music and Poetry Class, which started meeting in April, gives the inmates a lyrical and musical outlet for their thoughts.
A self-described “modern day poet,” 25-year-old Cyril Didier said the class provides a mental escape.
“This class is a good way to release a lot of tension,” Didier said. “A lot of people deal with stress in weird, twisted ways. This is a better way to let go.”
The class was the result of a discussion in an oil painting class about two years ago.