Deck the Dorm: A Christmas Contest in a Kentucky Jail

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Deck the Dorm: A Christmas Contest in a Kentucky Jail

The Louisville jail holds an annual competition to bring cheer to a tough time of year

The holidays can be a rough time of year for inmates and their families. In Louisville, Ky., jail officials have developed their own tradition to try to muster up some holiday cheer.

Every December, teams of inmates spend a week decking out their jail dorms with homemade trimmings in an annual Christmas decorating contest. Only one team can win first prize: a chicken dinner. Second place is pizza, and third is hamburgers and chips.

Working with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on criminal justice, Mashable followed some of the jail’s inmates, many of them addicts, as they told the stories behind their incarceration while joining forces to try to win…

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