Eddie Godley said that during the six years he has ministered to inmates at the Pitt County Detention Center, the average age of prisoners has continued to drop.
“It’s getting worse, not better,” said Godley, who does the prison ministry for the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Stokes. “There are more teenagers and young people in there than older inmates.
“I was at the detention center recently and they brought in 10 new inmates,” he said. “The oldest one was 18 years old.”
The church hosted a Youth Prevention and Youth Incarceration talk on Saturday to discuss ways local youths and their families can break the cycle of incarceration among black teens.
“There is a high percentage of African-Americans in jail,” Godley said. ”When I go to visit inmates, all I see is black and orange.
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