Inmates build stairs for disabled woman's home

December 18, 2009 4:19:32 PM PST
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is trying to build goodwill one step at a time with a program allowing inmates to help the community. Inmates built a set of stairs for a working single mother whose daughter is disabled. The steps were built in the jail then transported to the home to be installed. Instructors from the program used power drills and hammers to put the finishing touches on the inmates' gift to the family.

"My older sister Barbara has Down Syndrome and it was a little harder for her to get up and down the stairs. I know when my mom gets home she's going to break into tears because this is the best Christmas gift we could've received ever," said daughter Brittany Franks.

The Inmate Education Program is a joint partnership between the sheriff's office and Houston Community College.