(Fox News) – A South Carolina jail celebrated 18 changed lives over the weekend. Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis told Fox News an initiative to mentor and baptize 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. So 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.” And on Sunday, they were slated to have 10 men baptized but it quickly grew to 18, bringing it to a total of nearly 30 who have been baptized in a few months after a handful of Veterans, led by Democratic Sate Rep. Robert Williams, mentored the men. “Jail doesn’t have to be the end,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “It can be the very beginning of the ultimate forever.” READ MORE

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