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'A new start': 17 inmates baptized behind bars in Mississippi

Thirteen men and four women took part in the sacrament.
Credit: Covington County Sheriff's Office

COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss — A jail in Mississippi hopes a connection to a higher power may help a group of inmates get back on the right track.

The Covington County Correctional Facility is about an hour southeast of Jackson off US-49. Last week, 17 inmates were baptized behind bars.

Thirteen men and four women took part in the sacrament of initiation through a ministry provided at the facility.

"We hope this is a new start and will change the lives of these and many more," the Covington County Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post.

Deputies say the ministry has been "a blessing in many ways."

Credit: Covington County Sheriff's Office

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