Inmate stories: learning patience and working toward a different life path

Inmate stories: learning patience and working toward a different life path

Sheridan Correctional Center inmates say they’re not just learning job skills in the Home Builders Institute program. They’re learning new attitudes and figuring out how to stay out of prison.

Thirty-nine year old Sonadra Sims of Chicago likes building houses. He’s currently learning bricklaying.

Sims will be eligible for parole in 2022. He says he has learned patience and that will help him stay out of trouble.

Thirty-one year old Timothy Rios of Ottawa says he’s been driven by drug addiction. When the path led to his stay at Sheridan, another inmate told him about HBI.

There’s a waiting list to get into the program. Rios got in and is learning carpentry. He says he’s getting ready for a different life.

Other program participants are learning plumbing and electrical wiring. Several of them spoke to WCMY during an open house at Sheridan last week. We’ll tell more of their stories in the days ahead.

Sonadra Sims builds a brick wall in the HBI program.
A previous participant in the HBI program made a sculpture to show that brick isn’t boring.