To The Daily Sun,
As members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, my wife and I sometimes volunteer at the Belknap County Jail to put on Bible studies. In the past, we did this in a small room with many interruptions and distractions. It was difficult to keep the attention of the inmates with people walking through our study.
With the new addition to the jail, things are much better. I see a positive change in the attitude of the inmates. We have a classroom for our Bible study. There are inmates who are excited and hopeful of their chances of staying clean and sober. They are going to AA and NA meetings, Bible studies and attending the CORE program. There are people from Navigating Recovery who help them when they leave. There are volunteers teaching the Twelve Steps and there are inmates who are working with their fellow inmates to carry the message. I believe we will see a big improvement in the recidivism rate. This was not possible without the improvements to the jail and the addition of necessary personnel to staff it.
As a conservative Republican, I believe in lower taxes and smaller government. This is one case where the extra funding was necessary. Lives are being and changed and saved. There is hope. Taxes will go down in the long run as a result of these improvements.
I would like to express my thanks to The Belknap County Commissioners, David DeVoy, Glen Waring and Hunter Taylor, and Corrections Superintendent Keith Gray for their continued efforts to get the necessary funding for the new jail when it appeared that the funding was going to be denied.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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