They face charges of rape, murder, assault with a deadly weapon and DWI, among other crimes. On Sunday, they were all God’s children, minister Vinny Abbruscato, 61, said as he and others baptized 39 inmates at the Durham County jail. In two small wading pools set up in a secure parking lot, and under the eye of a half-dozen detention officers, the 30 men and nine women emerged in singles and in pairs from the jail doors.

They wore bright red shirts and pants; some of the women wore plastic caps. Inmate Reginald Minor asked for the service, which took several months to plan, a jail spokeswoman said. “It’s my faith,” he told a handful of reporters. “I’m a Christian. Like all Christians, we believe Jesus is the way.” READ MORE