Eighteen Inmates at South Carolina Prison Are Baptized on October 6, Showing ‘Jail Doesn’t Have to be the End, It Can be the Very Beginning of the Ultimate Forever’

18 inmates were baptized Sunday at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center. | Darlington County Sheriff’s Office

Eighteen inmates at a South Carolina jail were baptized this month, demonstrating “jail doesn’t have to be the end; it can be the very beginning of the ultimate forever.”

On Facebook, the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office revealed that inmates at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center were baptized on Oct. 6 “under the guidance and supervision of local ministers.”

“Jail doesn’t have to be the end; it can be the very beginning of the ultimate forever,” read the Facebook post. “The support from the ministers and other leaders right here in our own community is strong. A group of Veterans, led by Rep. Robert Williams, come in to mentor the men. Please continue to pray for the amazing happenings at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center.”

Pictures included along with the post showed inmates being baptized and holding hands in prayer, drawing praise from dozens of commenters.

“God bless those who are ministering. Every soul is valuable and precious,” wrote one commenter.

“Wonderful, we all have a past … let’s pray for their future,” wrote another.

Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis told Fox News an initiative to mentor inmates started after a Stop the Violence meeting at the beginning of the year.

Chavis suggested getting ministers and mentors on the local level “in an attempt to stop the return of these young men and women back into the system. If we are able to touch one of these lives for Christ … that they know they don’t have to stay in a life of crime, so they would have a way out of prison through the Lord.”

“People care about them,” he added, “I care about them. I care about their safety. I care about them beyond my walls here at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center.”

He told Fox News that initially, just 10 men were supposed to be baptized, but the number quickly grew to 18, bringing it to nearly 30 who have been baptized in a few months.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett