BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Thursday, Dec. 19, children got the chance to have a special day with their parents who will spend the holidays in prison.
The event was the seventh annual Christmas toy giveaway at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Defendants who successfully went through various programs for substance abuse, parenting and other faith-based classes got to take part.
“A lot of our ladies, a few from out of town, they were saying their family wasn’t able to be here, a lot of 'em are actually coming in and seeing them for the first time in months, so this is what motivates them to come do this, and I look forward to giving back,” said Rhonda Belone, program director.
The sheriff’s office says this year, 28 inmates participated with their 67 children and 35 caretakers.