on 23 October 2017

  After worship services, a local minister repeatedly saw a vehicle driving past his country church. He eventually spoke to the driver, learning that the man was among the Sentence to Serve crew members who had recently painted the church. Full of pride, he was pointing out his work to his girlfriend.
    STS is one of many programs offered by the Pennington County Jail. “It’s a good way to reintegrate those people who have been confined for a while,” said Sheriff Ray Kuznia.
    STS crews have raked leaves for elderly individuals and constructed handicapped-accessible ramps, among other projects.
    Another jail program is an art class taught by retired art teacher Pat Dunning. “In previous art sessions, I have brought flowers, herbs, toys, or whatever, for them to draw and paint,” said Dunning. “You would think that they would have turned their noses up at the toys, but some of the cards are going to their small children who mostly they are estranged from and yet who they love dearly and miss terribly.”

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