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Inmates building 200th house

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

TAYLORVILLE (AP) — Inmates who take construction classes at Taylorville Correctional Center are poised to finish building their 200th home for Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday.

The program started 15 years ago as a partnership between the Illinois Department of Corrections, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Habitat for Humanity. Since then more than 350 inmates have helped build homes for needy central Illinois families. The house scheduled to be finished this week will go to a family from Sangamon County.

Inmates in the program take construction trade classes at the prison as part of a vocation program with Lake Land Community College in Mattoon.

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