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TONIGHT AT 10: Belief Behind Bars

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It's not about warehousing people. That's a clear message from the Black Hawk County Jail when it comes to inmates.

One of the goals deputies share for the men and women incarcerated is to help them become better individuals while they're in jail, and prepare them to once again become part of their communities.

Belief Behind Bars is a window into that process. This story focuses on a weekly Bible study offered to the inmates. The program is optional, and brings in volunteers from churches across eastern Iowa to help lead the sessions.

Some of the men in the Bible study had a strong sense of faith before coming to jail; others might be new to the idea. Whatever the case may be, it's an outlet for the inmates. Bible study serves as one way through which they can learn about themselves, and find a new hope to look forward in their lives. Something every inmate can relate to: a mistake. A mistake, or a wrong choice, of some sort led them behind bars. The Bible study program is one way the men and women can cope with those mistakes, and move forward.

The Black Hawk County Jail offers other programs as well for their inmates -- as the overall goal is to not simply "warehouse" people.

Those programs include:

  • Church Service: held every Sunday

  • 3:12 Transformation: faith-based program to influence positive life choices

  • Book Study: non faith-based program based on the book, Transforming Pain to Power, by Daniel Beaty. It encourages positive decisions and realizing an individual's potential

  • Celebrate Recovery: substance abuse recovery program

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

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