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TJC students get lessons in hard knocks

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of at risk young men learned Friday what they should and shouldn't do to make sure they succeed. About 500 teenage boys listened to lessons of hard knocks Friday at the Hasan Temple in Albany.

These young men are currently enrolled at Turner Job Corps, working on their GEDs or job skills. Men who've been successful in their careers spoke to them. So did men who chose life on the wrong side of the law to encourage them to stay on track.

"To give our young men an opportunity to hear from other gentlemen who have been successful in their careers, but also who know what it's like when young men trip off line, lose their way and end up in the criminal justice system," said Center Director Rose Walker Cook.

Sheriff Kevin Sproul said, "When you join a gang, or you get involved in drugs, there's two ends: there's the prison end, incarceration, or there's the death, the coffin." And that coffin was on display up front and center for the young men to get a look at.

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