WINNSBORO — The Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County toured the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on Saturday so the youth in the program could get an up-close and personal look at life behind bars.
Darreyl Davis, president of Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County, said the Believers and Achievers visited the detention center located in Richland County because he believed it would have a bigger impact and avoid a potentially awkward situation of seeing incarcerated relatives.
“What we’re trying to do is give the kids the opportunity to see what jail is like,” said Davis. “One of the reasons I chose Alvin S. Glenn is if you choose Fairfield County, they might see a family member, and it might be hard if they have someone there.”
Davis said another reason Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center was selected is because it houses serious offenders.
“They got to see real gang members,” Davis said.
Davis said the hour-and-45-minute tour seemed to make a big impression on the Believers and Achievers.
“A lot of the kids were shocked,” Davis said.
Davis said many of the kids left the detention center with goals of being better behaved.
“A few of the kids said they want to change their ways,” Davis said.
Inspiring positive life choices is the goal of the Fairfield County youth group now in its second year of existence.
“That’s what we’re striving to do,” Davis said. “Keep them on the right path.”