As he strokes his guitar stings, Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux smiles and begins to sing along as a group of jail trustees share a moving song by Hank Williams about their past experiences and their love of God.
“I wandered so aimless life filled with sin
I wouldn’t let my dear saviour in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord I saw the light”
Chief Boudreaux gives a rare look into the world of what he says are the many talented people who spend their nights behind bars.
“Because we are a small police department, I like to spend some time talking with these guys, and getting to know them and what brought them here.” Boudreaux said.
While some of the inmates had previosuly been exposed to gospel music, according to Boudreaux, that alone didn’t keep them from being incarcerated.
“Although Im a law enforcement officer, I’m also a Christian and they know this,” he said. ” I enforce the law but, at the same time I practice my faith as Jesus said in John 13: 34-35
“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”
Boudreaux said the jail trustees help keep the jail running as part of a voluntary work program that comes with some privileges that help them instead of being confined to their jail cells all day.
“At the end of the day, we play a little music together,” he said. ” I also talk to them, and share God’s word with them.”
Boudreaux said his time spent with the inmates he hopes will help to rehabilitate them and give them some hope and confidence to better themselves when they are out of jail.
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