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How one man teaches truck-driving from inside prison

From the series Uncuffed:

When I first heard of Thomas “Truck” Evans, I was instantly interested. I wanted to know how a man without a truck teaches a truck driving class in incarceration. It turns out he did have a truck. This man had built a simulated dash out of random scraps of cardboard and plastic containers. I sat down with Truck to ask him about his dash, and the class that he runs with it.

"A lot of guys I have had in my class, I notice they have low self esteem. But I notice when they finish it, their self esteem is up."

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

Our radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. All content is approved by an information officer.

Uncuffed is a project in which KALW editors train incarcerated people to report stories from inside prison. A CDCR official listened to and approved the audio for this story prior to broadcast.

This story originally aired on Feb. 4, 2019.

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