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Juvenile Jail Launches On-Site Barber College For Inmates
By dnainfo.com- Erica Demarest
Published: 06/15/2017

NEAR WEST SIDE — Starting Sunday, eight inmates at Cook County's juvenile jail will study to become barbers at a new on-site facility.

"Even though we're running a detention center, we must still provide new skills and new ways of thinking so that juveniles have a sense of direction when they return home," the jail's superintendent, Leonard Dixon, said at a news conference Wednesday.

For nearly 20 hours a week, inmates will learn to snip, shape and shave alongside a licensed barber in the hopes of earning a state license.

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