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Thanksgiving in Jail celebrated by Inmates

From the Brady bunch to Charlie Brown and even Friends have had their own Thanksgiving television specials showing how the season of gratitude is celebrated in an American household.

but for the men and women of the bannock county detention center, Thanksgiving can often be less special especially when it’s not spent with family.

One Inmate who’s Identity we’ve sealed has been in jail for over a month for a methamphetamine drug charge.

“It hurts. it hurts a lot, almost catastrophically but I don’t share that emotion with people because it’s not their problem.”

The jail is meant to serve as a transitional place for inmates who are either awaiting pre-trial hearings being transported to a state prison or released. but overcrowding concerns have plagued the jail in recent months.

“I’m trying to make the best out of it I’m enjoying the company from everybody and taking the little things.”

The attitude is what makes this one meal especially important than the other 300 meals prepared each week and close to 300,000 each year.

For some inmates, Thanksgiving spent behind bars was meant to reflect on their lives and the mistakes they’ve made.

“We do our best to show love and have much appreciation for each other even though times are hard it’s going to get better Thanksgiving is not about what you give but how willing you are to give.”

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