For the more than 400 inmates who currently live in the Alexandria jail, the holidays are not a happy time. Yesterday, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff, with the assistance of local nonprofits and volunteers, did what they could to bring some cheer to the detainees.
There were Christmas trees and decorations, presents and the singing of traditional Christmas songs – Silent Night, Jingle Bells and O Holy Night. There was an inmate chorus, inmate solos and an Inmate band.
“The inmate musicians and singers were outstanding and while they are serving time, they showed the Christmas spirit,” Lawhorne said. “They were all volunteers and all of us here thoroughly enjoyed the music and the program. All I can say now is Merry Christmas to one and all.”
This program is the first of its kind in the Alexandria Jail. “Inmates have been practicing and are excited at the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas program, despite the fact they’re in jail,” said Harry Covert, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office.