A Tennessee prison program designed to help inmates become better fathers graduated nearly 40 inmates Friday.
The selected inmates graduated from the Malachi Dads program at the Morgan County Correctional Complex, which teaches inmates decision-making skills and fosters personal growth so inmates can become better fathers, WBIR reported.
“I picked the streets before my family, and this program has shown me that God is first, then my family second,” inmate Darryl Wiseman said.
For the past year, Wiseman has been taking classes facilitated by volunteer mentors of the program.
The program culminates Saturday with the Returning Hearts Celebration, where the fathers reunite with their families in the prison yard and participate in carnival-like activities with them.
“I think I’m going to cry real hard first,” Wiseman said ahead of Saturday’s celebration. “I’m going to be nervous to see them because I want them to see a new side of me. They’re going to be able to see that I have that glow, that I have that light and that I’m walking for Him now, for Jesus. They’re going to see the gentler side of me.”