Inmates get gift of family for Christmas

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - We usually think of the Christmas season as a time for family and a time for reconnecting.  But at East Baton Rouge Prison, Christmas can be just another day.

Thursday afternoon, about two dozen inmates got an extra special Christmas present for trying to better themselves while doing time.

"Because the parents are in jail, we don't want to punish the children," said Warden Dennis Grimes.  "We decided to help the children and make sure they have something for Christmas."

"They giving away gifts.  It's something I can't do right now.  They doing it for me," said inmate Charles Dalton.  "It's just a good feeling."

But for these inmates, this gathering was about more than dolls and other toys.  It's about time apart.

"It's really hard with the holidays and stuff, but knowing that I can see her right now," said inmate Jennifer Mitchell.
"It's just a good moment right now," said Dalton.  "I get to see my kids."

"Hoping that parents take advantage and begin to realize that 'I need to stay at home,'" said Grimes.

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