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November 02, 2017 07:07 AM

Inmate Hopes Work Release Will Provide Freedom

Sioux Falls

Words like felon and inmate have meaning, and they carry connotations with them, too. James Bucklin is serving time in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for using meth. His parole date is approaching, and he's taking part in the Department of Corrections' work release program.

"It's helping me pay my debt to society, so I can get out and not be a burden on anybody," Bucklin said. "But also not have the stressor of having bills when I get out. I can just go right in the community, get a place. I don't owe the state no more money, because they paid my fines and stuff, and it's a wonderful feeling."

Coming up in tonight's Eye on KELOLAND, we'll follow Bucklin from the penitentiary to his work release program job at a local car wash.
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