Brent Poiencot mentioned he hit all-time low 4 years in the past.
The 45-year-old Thibodaux man was convicted of forgery and is now serving a 15-year jail sentence.
He’s been incarcerated within the Lafourche Parish jail since 2018 and mentioned he spends day by day climbing again from the abyss.
“Since I’ve been right here, I’ve by no means wasted a day to try to higher myself or getting concerned with something to vary my life,” Poiencot mentioned on the jail Tuesday. “I’ve hit my all-time low. There’s a saying that should you’re all the best way on the backside there’s no option to go however up. I actually imagine that as a result of the whole lot I can do at this level betters me and helps me get out of that all-time low.”
Poiencot was certainly one of a number of inmates who planted white flags outdoors the jail April 1 to mark the start of Second Probability Month, which has been held yearly since 2017.
Organized by Capt. Karla Beck, the venture permits inmates to plant personalised white flags as a logo of “atonement for his or her previous and to proclaim their need for a brand new life.”
“Earlier than I got here to work on the jail, I ran the victims’ companies unit for 10 years,” mentioned Beck, who additionally serves because the jail’s assistant warden. “My coronary heart has at all times been with victims’ companies. After I got here right here, I noticed the opposite aspect, that means I’ve labored with victims for therefore lengthy and now I’m working with offenders. There may be a lot similarity. Loads of inmates have been victims themselves. With this white flag program, we taught them about victimization and the influence crime has not solely on the sufferer however their households, neighborhood as a complete and themselves.”
About 300 inmates every wrote a customized message on a flag that was planted on the garden outdoors the jail, at La. 3185 and Veterans Boulevard in Thibodaux. Some wrote a easy ‘I’m sorry,’ whereas others wrote heartfelt messages of regret. Those that couldn’t learn or write drew footage. Different flags are written in Spanish.
“I noticed and heard what number of occasions the inmates had been sorry for the issues they’ve performed,” Beck mentioned. “I believed, it is a nice option to present their regret and atonement. They’re not all dangerous individuals however have made dangerous decisions.”
Members of the Southeast Central Regional Reentry Program staff had been joined by Sheriff Craig Webre, Warden Cortrell Davis, social companies employees and representatives from the Louisiana Division of Corrections to assist the contributors plant the flags. Their participation signified the employees’s “willingness to do no matter it takes to assist the inmates obtain their second likelihood,” officers mentioned.
Tyrone Weber has been incarcerated within the jail for 4 months after being charged with failing to pay restitution, full neighborhood service and violating a protecting order. The 43-year-old Thibodaux resident mentioned he grew to become concerned within the white flag program to change into a greater particular person.
“I imagine that in some unspecified time in the future all of us lose ourselves and have to seek out ourselves,” Weber mentioned. “I’ve folks that I did flawed in addition to doing myself flawed by coming right here. There are two issues on the earth that you may’t get again: misplaced time and a misplaced thoughts. So I needed to change into part of this as a result of there have been folks that I did flawed and this was a manner I may make as much as them and allow them to know I’m a modified particular person.”
As an alternative of locking up inmates in cells for a time period, the Lafourche jail emphasizes rehabilitation, training and psychological well being, officers mentioned. The 118,095-square-foot facility additionally educates inmates about parenting, job interviews and incomes highschool or larger training credit.
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“In the event that they exit of jail the identical manner they got here in, they’re going to finish up proper again right here,” Beck mentioned. “So it’s our job to ensure adjustments occur whereas they’re right here.”
For Poiencot, the white flags should not nearly exhibiting regret to victims’ households however to his personal as properly.
“The individuals who love me have suffered as a result of I used to be egocentric and acquired myself into this case,” he mentioned. “The white flag is an analogy of give up. I give up and am performed with that previous life.”
The flags will stay on show all through April.
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