POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:10am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Tameka Johnson, and a small group of her fellow inmates at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison got a chance to enjoy a relaxing day with their families. It was all part of the prison's "One Day With Kids" event.
"It's a very special feeling, I cherish the moment being with them and just spending time with them," Johnson said as she kissed her son on the cheek.
Prison officials say the ladies earned the special extended visits by graduating Southern University Agriculture Center's "Second Chance 2 Recovery" program.
"This is a great opportunity for them, because most of the time when they visit their kids they see them through a glass window and it's a non-contact visit," Dennis Grimes, Warden of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, said. "But, today they are actually getting an eight hour visit with their children out here in a carnival setting, which motivates them to do better when they get out in society. "
"Being incarcerated I don't really get a chance to spend that much time with my family like all day," Chelsea Daigle, inmate, said. "So, it's a really big deal for them to have this function for us."
Second Chance 2 Recovery is a program that teaches inmates job skills, and parenting skills.
"It gave me a little hope a little inspiration of getting out having a second chance to be with my kids and to raise them," Johnson said.
Epiphany London is Johnson's daughter, and for London the chance to see her mom meant the world.
"I get to hug her, and I don't have to picture her even her face because sometimes I get it wrong," London said.
Kids got to hug and kiss their moms, eat snowballs, and play sports. It was a chance for the families to reconnect and remember.
"I hope that she can remind me of the good days we had," London said.
The families also made new memories they can hold on to forever.
"It means a lot to us. It is very important. Just to have the opportunity for these people to come out here and have all this stuff for us is just a really big deal, and we appreciate it, " Daigle said.