Prison program reaches milestone

Published 07/03 2013 04:51PM

Updated 07/03 2013 05:42PM

TAYLORVILLE -- The Taylorville Correctional Center (TCC) has hit a milestone. Inmates there have built 200 homes for Habitat for Humanity. WCIA-3's Alexandrea Davis has the story.

The program has been going strong since 1998. The latest home will be finished in Sangamon County. Jessie McCullough has been incarcerated for nearly five years. He says, before he arrived at TCC, he didn't have any previous construction knowledge.

"By the time you finish the course, you know, you're all groomed in most facets of construction."

In four months, he'll be up for parole and hopes his new skill set will pay off for him.

"After being in here, it helps to know a trade, because it's basically the best recipe for success when you get out of here."

McCullough's instructor, David Sharpe, says the shell houses get shipped all over the state. Their latest Habitat home will provide a Sangamon County family with more than 1,300 square feet of living space.

"The officiates not only get to have their house under roof sooner, which is better for the overall project, the students here get the hands-on training they need for career development."

McCullough says he's just grateful for the program. He knows of other trade classes at TCC which have faced budget cuts over the years, but he's glad he was able to learn this trade.

"I'm glad people get to see, even though people in here make mistakes, there's a lot of guys really trying to do well and make a difference."

The home will be assembled and finished through Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. It will be placed near Enos Park in Springfield. 

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