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Prisons work to give kids a Merry Christmas

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Posted: Dec 20, 2013 5:59 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Dec 20, 2013 6:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Inmates at East Baton Rouge Prison earn time with their families for Christmas.

Almost 30 inmates celebrated the holiday with their families at the Christmas Toy Give-a-way. Male and female inmates who graduated from programs like Second Chance 2 Recover, Reality Behind Bars, and Communities Committed to Re-entry/Mentoring were rewarded with toys, food and time with their children.

"I want to laugh with them I want to talk to them hug them and kiss them you know that's the first thing I want to do and just love on them, love on them like I'm not going to see them again," said inmate Sherman Edwards. "I'm really happy. I'm excited right now, I can't stop smiling, excited, real excited."

"I'm glad they did this for us, it brings our families, and it brings my family closer and closer together every time I see them," said inmate Tameka Johnson.

Edwards says this time with his family is all he could think about in the months he's spent away. He is expecting to get out of prison next month.

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