"Poetry has no bars" goes through the Portuguese Prison facilities since 2003, using literature and artistic experimentation to promote self-awareness, personal training and social inclusion of inmates.
It has been held since 2003 in partnership with Portuguese Governement Prison Services and has earned the acceptance and the full participation of prisoners.
But why work with this population and not with others, especially at a time of great social emergency like the one we are experiencing?
Studies in various countries point to positive results in this type of intervention. In Portugal, the overcrowding of jails and decreasing resources are limiting the possibility of more similar initiatives carried out by the structure of Prisons.
The moment of reclusion, where someone is serving their sentence and reflectingon the crime he has committed, is a moment of opportunity for change. There is no life imprisonment or death penalty in Portugal, so we should remind that time past in prison is a moment of transition and that all of society stands to gain from the positive transformation of these men and women.
Since 2015, actions are developed by Cultiv - Association of Ideas for Culture and Citizenship, a non-profit organization that provides social expression to the project, keeping up "O Contador de Histórias" as its main partner.
Is currently being set up a national network that brings together institutions (theater groups, cultural associations, etc.) from all over the country, joining individual volunteers who will assure continuity in these initiatives, building bridges to the outside and allowing that the progress achieved within the prison can be continued, working with organizations of civil society when the sentence is served.