Cell to Society III: Life After Lock-Up

By: Courtney Crown Email
By: Courtney Crown Email

COTTONDALE -- Members of the Heaven's Way Biker Church, and former convicts, have kept their word to successfully re-enter into society.
Some of them have stayed out of prison for around three years, others for more than thirty.

They said it is a challenge to stay on the right path, but they push each other and rely fully on faith.

"An inmate can make it, even an inmate with 32 years in a penitentiary can make it. First of all, you've got to remember, you're somebody in God's eyes, you're worth a lot to God," Pastor and former inmate Robert Happoldt said.

Many inmates accept God while they are serving their sentences. They said those with the drive and determination to turn their lives around will successfully re-enter into their communities.

"To say I turned over a new leaf right away, no it's hard, but my life is more full now and more complete now that it ever was before," former inmate Gerald Jowers said. "If I can make it, anybody can make it."

Around 87 percent of those serving prison time will re-enter into society.

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