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Published December 24 2012

North Dakota prison, jail workers share Christmas spirit

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Chaplains and volunteers are working to make North Dakota prisoners’ lives a little brighter behind bars this holiday season.

Chaplain Mark Haines ministers to the 420 men incarcerated at the James River Correctional Center. He says one prisoner on Christmas Eve asked to light a candle and pray for his mom.

Haines told the Jamestown Sun that many prisoners worry about their families.

The prison’s warden, Don Redmann, said that while it’s subdued, there is “a sense of Christmas even in prison.”

Inmates at the Stutsman County Correctional Center will get a holiday meal of pork roast and Christmas cookies.

Two Christmas programs help inmates send gifts to their children with notes from their incarcerated dads, and the men also often send crocheted caps made by inmates to their youngsters.

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