Chance to speak gives inmate glimpse of different life

To the editor:

I am writing this letter because today I was asked to be a guest speaker in a leadership program at the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, as I am an inmate currently — and I’m not proud of it — but have been getting in trouble over half of my life, and all the way up until today, I have never really had the desire to want to change my way of living.

Today, after the meeting and answering questions from total strangers and teenage kids from my county, I feel as if I’ve had some sort of awakening and am truly ready to try to take the necessary steps in order to seek the help I need to become a productive member of society and do my best to give back to the community.

If you were here, asking questions today, I want to thank you for the compassion and genuine concern you showed to me and my fellow inmate today.

I would also like to thank our jail commander, Tony Sciscoe, and Sheriff Scott Southerland for giving me the opportunity to speak, as it was an honor and a great privilege to be heard.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.


Perry Warfield, Brown County

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