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These women are learning to be cosmetologists while in prison


A new program inside the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center, in Las Vegas helps inmates become certified and ready to work in cosmetology.

Women like Kimila Kimble, are a part of this program and she cannot wait for the day that she can use her new trade on the outside.

"I want to go home, be with my family, to live life normally, go to work come home make dinner for my family," said Kimble.

That wish could soon be granted thanks to a classroom inside of the prison. For five hours a day, Kimble joins other women working toward becoming certified cosmetologists at the Expertise Cosmetology Institute located inside of the prison.

The two-year program is one of the only vocational programs for incarcerated women in the state of Nevada.

Hair, nails, and facials, instructor Maritza Carreron say they learn to do everything.

"We have everything from hair clips, brushes, nail supplies, facials, hair products", said Carreron.

Kimble really sees this programs as a fresh start and can be her ticket to freedom-- her motivation to get out of jail and never come back.

"I've been to prison a few times, but this is the first time I've ever come in and worked on me," said Kimble.

Associate Warden Gabriela Garcia says that's the main focus here. She's been working with the Department of Corrections for 16 years.

"I'm gonna tell you, I see a lot of inmates come back, all the time, every day, men and women, and we want to stop that," said Garcia.

Gwen Braimoh, the school's director, says this is the program's first year. She says the goal is to make sure all these women have jobs when they finish their time in prison.

"This is an industry where your past is not held against you, so ultimately they will be released. They're gonna be our neighbors," said Braimoh.

Kimble along with four other women in the program graduated in October and are now licensed in cosmetology. Kimble hopes to find a job after her release in early 2019.

"Keep looking forward at the prize, there's something attainable at the end of the road if you keep looking at it and keep reaching for it," said Kimble.

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