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In-Depth on Iowa Department of Correction Proposed Inmates Program

July 18, 2018 08:38 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- The Iowa Department of Correction is pushing to start a program that aims to keep inmates out of prison once they are released by having them fill the need for workforce and addressing Iowa's affordable housing shortages as well.

The D.O.C's initiative would fill those workforce holes by having inmates build a total of 100 low-income houses onsite at the prison, where they would be inspected and then shipped off to counties around Iowa.

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The proposed plan was turned down near the end of the last legislative session, but that hasn't discouraged some people from working to get it off the ground.

6:30 with Betsy Singer got in-depth on the efforts and goals of the department by speaking with a D.O.C official, Cord Overton.

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