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Middle Tennessee Construction Companies Are Giving Prisoners a Second Chance — and a Job

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By Matt Blois

The day starts early for Shane Presley, a construction worker from Antioch who works for Jone Bros. He wakes up before 4 a.m. to eat breakfast. By sunrise he’s already at his job site, where he lays pipe all day long. During the workday he looks the same as his peers, but at the end of the day a van takes him back to the Lois De Berry Special Needs Facility, a prison in West Nashville where Presley is incarcerated. In 2017, the Tennessee Department of Corrections, The Tennessee Department of Transportation and several construction companies from Middle Tennessee started a construction training program for prisoners.

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