Jackson County wants to bring faith to the Adult Detention Center in Pascagoula. While other counties have chaplains for their inmates, Jackson County is now seeking one. Charles Britt, the Interim Sheriff of Jackson County, says, "We want one, obviously to provide the service to the inmates, which in turn helps the community." The Jackson County Jail does not currently have a chaplain due to financial reasons.
Harrison County Chaplain, Joe Collins, says the role is an important one. Collins says, "I get to stand here at the crossroads of their life, hold the Bible up before them and say, ‘If you live your life according to this, it will be greatly different.’” Collins says he has 120 volunteers that help bring faith to the inmates of Jackson County, and says that the difference that he sees is life changing. Collins also says, "When a mother or father or husband or wife comes to me and says, ‘Thank you for giving me my husband or wife back or my son or my daughter back, they're vastly different,' it’s a very rewarding thing to hear that.”
Britt also says, "We can always hope it will make a huge difference, that someone will see the light, turn their life around, and become a productive member of society.” The Interim Sheriff says his prayers have been answered now that he will have a newer facility that can accommodate his hopes for a ministry. Britt closes, "At the new jail, we're going to have the facility and we're going to be prepared to move forward. It will be really nice." Britt says he is determined to secure the financial support to bring a chaplain to the Jackson County inmates. The Harrison County chaplain plans to work with Jackson County to help bring a chaplain to their inmates quickly.