LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Today was the first ever "Family Day" at the Laurel County Correctional Center. Families and friends were allowed to see their loved ones from a distance.
Doing time is no picnic.
"Just sad all the time. It's miserable. You're away from your family. It's bad, you have nothing to do. You sit there and wonder about what your family is doing. It's horrible. It's the worst feeling ever," said Cora Collinsworth, an inmate.
But inmates had the chance to have a picnic and see their families during the event at the Laurel County Correctional Center. Cora Collinsworth saw her boyfriend in person for the first time in more than a month.
"Just to be able to see him and just to wave at him and just tell him I love him in person. It means everything. This is a very good thing," Collinsworth said.
Thanks to Hawk Creek Church and multiple businesses in the area, families and inmates enjoyed food and there was inflatable fun for the kids. Jail officials say one reason for "Family Day" was to appreciate family members who are struggling being away from their loved ones.
The jailer says the main reason for "Family Day" is to keep inmates from coming back in the future.
"Realizing that 'Hey, I'm missing my children playing, being away from my family is something I don't want to have to do without' and hopefully assist them in making the right decisions," said Jamie Mosley, the Laurel County Jailer.
The Laurel County Jailer says two jailers from Western Kentucky have contacted him about having their own Family Days.
Jailer Mosley expects to have a "Family Day" again next year. The jail houses nearly 400 inmates.