Gadsden County, Florida --
Some inmates at a local jail professed their love for Christ and vowed to start a new life on Good Friday.
When you think of a jail, you don't typically think of dancing and singing.
It was almost like a revival Friday as more than 20 inmates at the Gadsden County jail were submerged in water, baptized in a celebration of their faith.
Shirley Knight volunteers with the inmates. She said, "It really is a celebration for a lost soul to find Christ."
The inmates at the Gadsden County Jail have a special opportunity on Good Friday to be baptized.
Jimmy Salters is the Chaplain for the Gadsden County Sheriffs Office.
"They are very excited. That's why you see so many families coming here, so many people in the community are excited- so many pastors are here," Salters said.
Larry Jakes was released from jail last month for aggravated battery and criminal mischief. Just hours later he violated a court ordered injunction, harassing a victim, and was booked back in that same day.
Jakes said, "I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, and I'm ready and I'm willing to make that change."
The jail brought in a blow up pool, and one by one, the inmates lined up to be dipped in the water, symbolizing a fresh start.
After being baptized, Jakes said, "It was beautiful... the Lord has come into my life and forgive me for my sins."
The inmates were dancing and praising the Lord. They say for once, they feel the freedom of forgiveness, instead of the confinement of the jail walls.
"I've got a family out there, and they need me... I pray to God they forgive me for what I'm here for right now," said Jakes.
The inmates we spoke to say they feel blessed to have this opportunity, because some jails, including Leon County, do not allow baptisms.
Gadsden County, Florida - April 22, 2011 -
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A group of Gadsden County inmates were baptized on Good Friday. More than 20 inmates were baptized at the Gadsden County Jail. Volunteers, ministers, and families lined the gate outside to watch.
WCTV Reporter Jill Chandler was there and will have the story later this evening on Eyewitness News.
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