The Upstate suffers from a labor shortage, and a few businesses are turning to a former prison inmate for help.

In 2003, Don Williams was days away from finishing a year-long sentence for a drug trafficking charge at the Broad River Correctional Facility when he got a call from his sister. 

His oldest brother, who had been released from the same prison a few months before, overdosed on heroin after eight years clean, triggering a fatal heart attack.

“It bust his heart wide open,” Williams said. 

Grief-stricken, Williams returned to his cell, where he found a letter laying on his twin-sized bed. It was from his brother, written the day he overdosed. In

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