Facing billions of dollars in construction costs for new prisons, the state is trying to reduce relapses into crime at Wakulla Correctional Institute south of Tallahassee.
Part of what makes this prison different is that every inmate volunteered to be here, according to the Capitol News Service.
Among the 1,800 inmates at Wakulla Correctional Institute are men serving life and others just a few years. This is one of four faith-based prisons in Florida.
Chaplain Stephen Fox said whether an inmate is serving life or just a few years, it’s never too late to change direction.
“My grandmother used to say years back that if you throw enough mud on the walls, some of it’s bound to stick," Fox said. "So we try to give them as much exposure to different classes, different programs, because we never know what’s going to change a person.”
There is also a class on how to operate a construction company or open a janitorial business. The class is as much about anger management as anything else.
At any given time, there are about 5,000 inmates on the waiting list, trying to get into one of these faith-based prisons, according to the news service.
All of the books, Bibles and everything else that makes this prison different were all donated by volunteers who give not only money but their time.
Statistics are expected later this year on whether faith-based prisons actually reduce relapses into crime. If you are interested in helping donate money or materials, go to correctionsfoundation.org.
Click contribute, and specify your gift go to Wakulla CI.
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