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Prisoners' Inventions

This expanded second edition of Prisoners' Inventions supplements the original edition with over 80 pages of materials, including additional drawings and writings about prisoners' inventions that Angelo created and wrote about after the 2005 edition; new writing from Temporary Services that detail the origins and life of the project; blueprint drawings by Angelo of his prison cell; and photo documentation of the cell's recreation for various exhibition sites.

Prisoners' Inventions


In 2001, the art/design group Temporary Services asked a California prisoner named Angelo to draw and write about different inventions he had seen other incarcerated people create. Angelo's drawings and descriptions were published in a book called Prisoners' Inventions.

This greatly expanded new edition includes over 80 additional pages of material including many new drawings and writings about prisoners' inventions that Angelo created after the last printing, new writing from Temporary Services, blueprint drawings by Angelo of his prison cell, and photo documentation of the cell's recreation for Temporary Services' exhibitions of the project.

A collaboration between the Chicago-based group Temporary Services and Angelo, a prisoner incarcerated in California, the exhibition includes drawings, blueprints, a replica of Angelo's cell and recreations of the prisoners' inventions by Temporary Services members Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. The group previously co-edited a book of Angelo's writings and drawings.

Featured inventions include a number of innovative products fashioned from materials at hand and created to make prison life more tolerable. Inventions range from cooking appliances and cigarette lighters to chess sets, condoms and a tattoo gun.

Three years ago Temporary Services invited Angelo, an incarcerated artist, to write and illustrate a booklet about the ingenious, practical, and sometimes bizarre things he has seen prisoners make. Angelo generated more than 100 pages of drawings and text - representing 78 different inventions or skills. The collection offers a glimpse into the social environment of prison, where inventiveness and ingenuity are needed to satisfy even the most basic human desires.

Many of the inventions Angelo catalogues are about creating space for comfort out of miserable conditions. The prisoners who make greeting-card pigments by scraping ink off magazine ads and mixing it with body-lotion embrace the Mend and Make Do ethos as much as anyone.

Nan Yong, former vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association and director of the Football Management Center, General Administration of Sports of China, was in Dec granted a reduction of one year on his ten-and-a-half-year sentence for patenting four inventions. June 13, 2012.[Photo/IC]

Nan Yong, the former vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association and Director of Football Management Center, General Administration of Sport of China, was granted in Dec a reduction of one year from his ten and half year terms of sentence, for patenting four inventions.

Some intellectual property agencies publicize on their website that they can provide tailored inventions and patents to fit different sentences in different prisons to help prisoners reduce prison term.

Later, while working in the prison blacksmith shop, he used scrap iron and wood to make gun parts. His clever inventions impressed the warden, who allowed him to continue his work. Here, Williams developed the floating chamber and short-stroke piston, inventions that brought him attention in the press.

After his early release in 1929, Williams returned to his family farm in Godwin and built his workshop. He spent the next 40 years, with the exception of four years employed by Winchester Repeating Firearms Company, refining his inventions.

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Depending on how you define "private prisons," they aren't brand-new inventions. Some writers trace the roots of private prisons back to slavery or the old Southern chain-gang system. Others only go back to 1984 and the Corrections Corporation of America's contract to run a prison in Tennessee. But today, we can clearly see that private prisons are big business: 7% of the 2 million adult prisoners in the United States are in private facilities. Some facilities are owned and operated by private companies, and some are government facilities run by private contractors. The private prison population has fallen slightly since 1999.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where Ang worked as a professor, required employees to promptly furnish to the university "full and complete" disclosures of inventions, and university policy provided that it -- not individual inventors -- would own all inventions created by those subject to the policy, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas.

Despite this requirement, Ang didn't disclose his Chinese patents to the university and, when interviewed by an FBI agent, lied about his involvement in the inventions, according to the news release. Specifically, when asked whether his name would be listed as "the inventor" of numerous patents in China, Ang denied being the inventor, despite knowing he was.

Daniel C. Shaw has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 041b061a72

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