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Richmond Jail Inmates Celebrate Mother's Day

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Richmond, VA—Some female inmates at the Richmond City Jail had the opportunity to celebrate Mother's Day with their children Sunday; Sheriff C.T. Woody says the program helps inmates "gain motivation."

Sunday's program was the fifth Mother's Day Celebration at the Richmond City Jail. All of the inmates who participated are mothers, and had been separated from their children for at least 30 days.

The Mother's Day Celebration began at 1:00 p.m. on May 12. The service was led by Chief of Chaplains Alonzo Pruitt, and lasted for about hour. In total 23 children visited their mothers for the special program; chaplains at the jail donated the teddy bears that were given to the children.

Some of the inmates who participated in the program currently participate in a jail educational and re-entry program. Sheriff C.T. Woody made the following statement about the Mother's Day Celebration:

"This program places encourages our residents to keep close ties to their families, and

vice versa. It's an endearing program which gives each mother the special privilege of a contact visit with their children on Mother's Day. The special visit serves as a reminder to all Richmond City Jail residents to focus their energy on positive things, and gain hope and motivation from those they love most."

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