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Inmates prepare for life outside Missouri prison walls
By newstribune.com- Jeff Haldiman
Published: 02/28/2018

The Missouri Department of Corrections on Tuesday showcased some of the positive things it is doing to make the state safe and have prisoners return to communities as productive citizens.

"In the past year, we've been changing not only the narrative about our department but also the culture in our department," Corrections Director Anne Precythe said. "By having Corrections Day at the (state) Capitol, we highlighted the great things our employees do and showed just how diverse our work is."

One story shared Tuesday was of Tracy and Shirleen Dieleman, who hired former prisoner Robert Bush. When Bush applied to work for the Dielemans, he said he had spent a quarter of a century running the particular type of printing press they operate in their North Kansas City business. The couple said in their labor market, workers adept at producing labels and stickers on hot stamp presses were few and far between, so they hired him immediately.

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