Inmates at Cocke County Jail baptized

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COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Inside the Cocke County Jail you'll find dozens of women, each with a different story.

"I was on drugs really bad," Edna Brown said.

"I'm here for kidnapping and aggravated assault," Candace Dress said.

Some like, Jennifer Perrcell are facing more serious charges.

"I'm here on murder charges," she said.

No matter the crime, many of the women share the same cell -- and as of last month, they now share one memorable experience.

"I lost my faith but I found it again in the Cocke County Jail," Dress said.

Twelve women were 'saved' and baptized with the guidance of Freedom Project Ministries. It was a decision the women called 'life-changing.'

"I realized things here that I never dreamed I'd realize at my age," Dress said.

"Regardless of where you are, you can change your life," Perrcell said.

Belinda Jewell, founder of Freedom Project, is living proof of that.

"Actually I've come from exactly where they're at," said Jewell who battled a drug addiction for more than 20 years. "I guess I was missing a void inside and the only way I found a way out was through Christ."

Jewell brought her message into the jail with hopes that these women would find their way out the way she did.

Freedom Project offers a faith-based 12 step drug education class to all the women inmates.

They also offer services to men and women at the jail Thursday evenings.

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