Guitar Lessons Aim to Change Inmates' Tune

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    A new program at the Cook County Jail is giving inmates a chance to use music to make a positive change in their lives.

    Musicians Timothy McIlrath and Wayne Kramer on Thursday launched the "Jail Guitar Doors Program," which aims to help inmates learn music to take the first step toward a productive life after prison.

    "Our message is that not everybody out in the world wants to lock you up and throw away the key," Kramer told the inmates Thursday. "The sheriff doesn't want to do that. He's here to help you."

    Ten inmates will receive donated guitars and eight weeks of lessons from the lead guitarist for the local band Leadfoot. Nearly 300 applied.