As I was heading up to the unit I greeted one of the officers and asked how his day was going. He gave an unenthusiastic “OK, but the shift just started.” I replied, “well at least the first few hours were quiet.” He told me there had been a couple of incidents already. As it turns out the incidents were in the unit I visit.
Based on this I was expecting the unit to be on full lockdown with no visits. When I arrived there was no one out for program. I was surprised and grateful that they still let me do door-to-door visits tonight. I appreciate that the COs value my visits.
I met with guys in 9 different cells tonight.
The first guy I met with was having his 22nd birthday today.After talking for some time we both agreed to pray that the next 22 years would be smoother than the first 22 had been.
I also spoke to the man who had requested peace in the courtroom between members of his family and the family members of his victim. There had been another court date and things were much calmer this time. There are still more court dates to come.
I’m talking to more guys who have been heroin users. He was raised by his grandmother because his own mother was a drug user and mostly lived on the streets. The last time he spoke to his mother it had not gone well. Another man was being sent to a residential treatment program. He’s on the waiting list and will remain in the jail until a space opens up.
In addition to their own prayer requests for themselves, their families, and peace on the unit, some prayed for men who’ve recently been released – that they would stay sober and out of trouble.
One of the men was eager to share what he’d read in his devotional today. It was about what Jesus did on the cross and what it meant when Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” This man is not particularly weepy but he was moved to tears as he began to grasp what Jesus had done on his behalf.