Saturday, December 23, 2017

Santa visits county jail

For more than ten years, Wayne Anderson has dressed up as Santa and visited prisoners in Tennessee's Sullivan County Jail. But Anderson isn't Jolly Saint Nick. He's the county sheriff. This Christmas there are 701 prisoners in his jail, and he believes everyone deserves some type of gift at Christmas.

"These inmates are in here for a lot of bad reasons," he says, and "I've always enjoyed doing this." He and the jail pastor go into each cell block. The pastor has a short prayer and reminds the inmates why they're locked up on Christmas. Then the inmates line up to get a large plastic bag of toiletries and cookies. "They get excited to get shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes," says Anderson. This year, in  few of the cell blocks, prisoners volunteered to sing Christmas carols like "Jingle Bells" as Sheriff Anderson visited.

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