Otay Mesa inmates challenged to use music to prepare for life beyond bars

Legendary guitarist donates guitars to prison
Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 21:11:10-04

OTAY MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - Inmates at the Donovan Correctional Facility are using music to prepare themselves for life beyond their bars.  

Musician and former convict Wayne Kramer’s non-profit Jail Guitar Doors donated 12 new Fender guitars to the prison Friday in hopes that it will inspire the men to rehabilitate in the hope that they’ll be released.

“We’re going to put the instruments in their hands and teach them how to express themselves,” said Robert Bird, who will be one of the guitar instructors through Kramer’s program.

“These guitars represent a challenge,” said Kramer to a gymnasium filled with about a hundred inmates. “Sign up for our songwriting workshop program. Amazing things will happen”

“It’s easy to connect with and you make a powerful connection with making music directly yourself,” said Bird.

Kramer’s trip to Donovan was the 100th trip to a prison for Jail Guitar Doors.