We Don’t Just Say We Change Lives, We Actually Do
Brad Allen is a recently released resident of the East Mississippi Correctional Facility. The day before his release, he shared some of his feelings about his ten-year experience of living at the Meridian, Mississippi facility.
“I’m actually thankful to East Mississippi,” explains Brad. “I came in here never denying my reason for being here. I always accepted it. And I prayed that I could go somewhere that would give me the opportunity to change my life. I made a decision to be able to do that, and East Mississippi has offered me that. There are many wonderful programs at East Mississippi Correctional Facility, and I have utilized as many as I could throughout this time here. I’ve taken many classes. I’ve completed those courses, received certificates for them.
The thing I’m most proud of at East Mississippi is my friend, Chaplain John Dubaker, [who] offered me the opportunity to actually receive a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies while at East Mississippi.
The programs that are offered here are huge, but you have to make yourself available to them. But they are here, they’re available, they’re good ones, they have good teachers.
I want to say ‘thank you’ to this facility, to Warden Rice, to Chaplain Dubaker. This place changed my life. It changed my life. And that’s all I have to say.”