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Doper Becomes A Trucker

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To pay for his heroin habit, James Allman kicked in the doors of Las Vegas Valley homes and stole cash and whatever he thought he could pawn.

That technique, which eventually sent Allman to the slammer for 33 months, was used by another burglar to make his money off my wife and I in September.

I couldn’t get that out of my mind as I talked with the 30-year-old Allman, who got out of High Desert State Prison last year and now works as a long-haul trucker.

“I’d knock on the door, and if nobody answered, I’d just kick in the door,” Allman said.

Allman was in Iowa the other day when I caught up with him on the phone. I had been introduced to him through the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, a Las Vegas nonprofit that helps ex-offenders through vocational training, job preparation and employment services.

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