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Former inmate recognized for volunteer efforts

Volunteer to get award Thursday evening

Former inmate recognized for volunteer efforts

MADISON, Wis. - A former Dane County jail inmate is being recognized for his volunteer work for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Dominic Davis, 26, entered the Dane County Jail two years ago on drug charges and spent his year in jail participating in the Pathfinders treatment program at the Chris Farley House.

While in treatment, Davis described "starting to feel a sense of peace and control." He made the decision join an inmate volunteer program and started working at the Second Harvest Food Bank. He worked in the warehouse, learning basic skills that would help prepare him for a job upon his release.

"I worked harder than I had ever worked before in my life," Davis said.

Within a few weeks, the warehouse supervisor moved him around in the warehouse to give him more experience. Within six months, Davis was offered a job and continues to work today.

Davis was honored Thursday with a Presidential Award at the Faith in Action Celebration.

"Dominic Davis is an example of when the criminal justice system addresses the problems that bring a person into the system, rather than focusing on punishment, we can change lives to the positive," Sheriff David Mahoney said.

David Kingsfield, a manager at the Chris Farley House, nominated Davis for the Presidential Award, which will be given to Davis at the Faith in Action Celebration at the Marriott Hotel at 7 p.m.

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