Two words: Gift Shop.
Belize Central Prison has an amazing gift shop, filled with items from the reformatory's renowned woodshop. Inside of the small shop (located on the road and outside of the actual prison itself,) you'll find hand-carved walking sticks, traditional masks, religious icons like crucifixes, statues depicting saints, a host of carved Jesus figures, and even beautifully crafted wooden doors. All items in the shop are meticulously crafted by the prisoners themselves from locally grown woods like mahogany, teak and sandwood. There's also a fine variety of smaller items, including jewelry, cards, calendars, hammocks, clothing and other assorted knick-knacks, all of which have been made by the prisoners themselves.
This most unusual penal facility is part of the larger vision of an organization called the Kolbe Foundation(225-6190, www.kolbe.bz), which took over the management of the once-notoriously horrible government prison and restructured it in a way that would be more in line with the foundation's Christian philosophy. Rather than merely punishing criminals by sequestering them from society, the Kolbe approach focuses more on rehabilitation through education and development of skills. In addition to the various craft-making shops inside the prison, there are also a number of small-scale animal farms and gardening operations, from which the prison gets some of its food. One of the long term goals of the foundation is to have the prison be totally self-sustainable; as such, all funds earned by gift-shop sales go back to the maintenance of the prison, meaning that your purchases directly assists in the rehabilitation of Belize's criminal element (who might otherwise wind up robbing you on your next visit to Belize).
While the gift-shop is open to the public, the prison itself isn't. Plans are in the works to expand operations to include a snack-stand.