It looks and sounds like your typical construction site with seasoned homebuilders hammering out the work.

β€œSome have done these types of trades before and want to continue because they enjoy them and some can’t read a tape measure,” said site manager Chad Squires.

Many on this hard hat wearing crew are learning on the job after serving hard time with the state. Inmates at the Newton Correctional Facility are supplying the labor in this home building program. It teaches inmates real life skills while helping with the shortage of affordable housing in Iowa.

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