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Inmates to Build 200th Habitat for Humanity House

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Inmates at a central Illinois prison are closing in on building their 200th home for Habitat for Humanity.

The program is at the Taylorville Correctional Center. On Wednesday they will finish a new home for a Sangamon County family. The prison partners with the charity. It started in 1998. Since then more than 350 inmates have helped build homes.

The inmates are in construction trades classes at the prison. Materials for the homes are delivered to the prison. Inmates construct interior and exterior walls and erect them to make sure they fit. Then the walls are loaded onto a trailer and delivered to the Habitat for Humanity site. From there other volunteers reassemble and complete the homes.

The Illinois Department of Corrections plans an event Wednesday to mark the milestone.

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