Southern Illinois prison gives inmates clothes upon release

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois prison has started a program to provide inmates who are being released with new clothes. The idea is to help inmates blend in once they’re released, instead of being easily identifiable in prison-issued clothing. Darius Saddler will be released from Vienna Correctional Center April 7 after a five-year prison sentence related to drugs. He tells The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan he has a polo shirt and khaki pants picked out. He says it’ll make him feel part of society and give him a self-esteem boost, which he’ll need to transition back into society. Roughly 20 men are released from the prison each week. Dylan Luce is an associate warden. He started the program a few weeks ago. It’s called Vienna’s Clothing Closet with over 500 donated clothing items.