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A Second Chance: Prisoners Thrive in Program Designed to Open up Job Opportunities

The Nevada Independent

By Michaela Chesin and Trey Arline

At Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center on Wednesday, a former soldier-turned-prisoner described loving to paint murals, writing poetry and music and becoming a leader and role model for other inmates. Her speech about the desire to change the narrative about her life brought Gov. Steve Sisolak to tears in front of a stunned crowd. Thirty female inmates at the ceremony received their own College of Southern Nevada flags, certificates of completion, and a moment of hope for a better future after finishing a nine-month program that — since 2017 — has offered inmates the opportunity for advanced education and job training that can improve their job prospects when they leave prison.

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