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Wildwood programs offer better chance at employment after imprisonment
By peninsulaclarion.com- Megan Pacer
Published: 02/17/2017

Thaddeus Lewis has figured out the best way to serve his time at the Wildwood Correctional Complex: by hardly being there at all.

Lewis, 55, is one of five inmates from the Kenai facility enrolled in the Vocational Work Release Program that debuted in fall 2016. He was the first to be placed in a local business, where he is paid for his time and is driven back and forth every day.

Lewis has been a heavy equipment mechanic in training at Lee’s Heavy Equipment Repair on Kalifornsky Beach Road since October 2016. It’s been going well — so well, in fact, that he and owner Lee Berzanske don’t want to go their separate ways when Lewis finishes his time at Wildwood. Though he’s from Anchorage, Lewis is planning to stay on with Lee’s full time after he is released. He is up for parole in May.

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