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Annual service for inmates at Smith State Prison

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GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Days can easily run together for the more than 1,600 inmates of Smith State Prison. But many have this date circled in their minds.

A Korean mission group from Atlanta comes each year to bring music, a pastor's sermon and Korean food. The Presbyterian group comes at the invite of Chol Kim, a Hinesville resident who felt led to minister to inmates here 13 years ago.

"The chaplain told me then "this is a dangerous place". I said I knew that, but God was with me and I have no fear,” said Kim.

"It takes dedication to do this. It takes a belief in the rehabilitation of people and they believe in that,” said Assistant Corrections Commissioner Timothy Ward.

She visits weekly as a volunteer to counsel inmates and share her faith.

"It takes dedication to do this. It takes a belief in the rehabilitation of people and they believe in that,” said Ward.

The only inmates who can attend have been on good behavior at least two years.

"Guys get the chance to come out of the dorm and be able to fellowship in a Christian setting,” said Christopher Moseby, an inmate at Smith State Prison.

Prison leaders believe the service gives inmates a sign that it's never too late to change.

"Ninety-five percent of these guys will leave here. Do you want them to come out broken or come out whole,” said Ward.

Kim and the others hope they can influence these young men to influence others here and when they leave one day, they don't come back.

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