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Habitat at Taylorville

Bays, Bill
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Journal of Correctional Education. 50(2): 48-50.

Taylorville Correctional Center (Taylorville, Illinois) is a minimum security facility that houses more than 1000 male inmates. In this article, Bill Bays highlights a program that shows how prisons can successfully collaborate with outside agencies for restorative justice. In this case, inmates in a vocational trades program at Taylorville fabricate wall and roof sections for houses to be constructed by local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity. This stems from the in-prison Habitat for Humanity project, the aim of which is to involve prisoners in helping to build homes for the poor. Bays describes the operation of this effort at Taylorville and its benefits to inmates and all concerned.


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