Inmates Lend a Helping Hand
07/02/2010
WMDT-TV

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Inmates are giving back to the communities that they once harmed. Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Correctional Services to build new, affordable homes for families in need.

Some Eastern Shore inmates are turning their lives around and putting their skills to good use. They have been volunteering three times a week for the past two years, to make sure families have a roof over their heads.

"It is absolutely terrific," said Vice President of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity "We couldn't have even begun to reach the levels of production without them." It's all a part of Maryland's pre- release program.

William Johnson has been working at the site for about two months and is up for parole soon. He says he's been blessed to have been able to take part in this opportunity. "A lot of these guards, they believe in us and they give us a chance even if we messed up," he said. "They look at us and they try and make us feel like we are part of the community instead of putting us down." For the inmates, it's not only a few hours of freedom, but a feeling of pride for giving these families something to look forward to.