A new local sheriff is giving those behind bars a reason to feel thankful this holiday weekend. Sheriff Morris Young tells us what has jail inmates in Gadsden County looking forward to the future.
Newly elected Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young is lending an ear to inmates as well as serving up a catered Thanksgiving meal. Young says he wanted to meet with inmates face to face to hear their concerns about the jail.
“And at the same time I want to prevent the revolving door. Some of the inmates have been here three or four times,” he says.
To combat that trend, Young plans to implement much needed programs such as job readiness, restoring of rights, ministerial counseling and GED instruction.
Former Gadsden County inmate Cassandra Collins is helping with these initiatives.
Cassandra says, “I hope it makes an impression in their life and makes them say ‘hey, if she did it, I can do it too.’”
With these new programs, inmates say they're ready to unlock a better future. Gadsden County's new jail administrator, James Morgan, says the key is to make sure inmates are given the tools they need to re-enter society and be successful.