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Jail ministry helping local county inmates

The local Good News and Jail Ministry is in the middle of one of its largest fundraiser's.

The Ministry serves inmates in Henderson, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.

Theresa Goings is an inmate at the Henderson County Jail and she isn't serving a life sentence, but she may spend the rest of her life in jail.

A year ago while in jail, Goings was diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes.

She hasn't been sentenced yet, but could serve 10 years.

"I may not get through the cancer, I may not get out, but I'm okay with it either way," says Goings.

At the same time she was diagnosed, Goings was transferred to the Women's Life Chance Cell, a cell with six female inmates chosen by the Good News Ministry, some serving a life sentence.

"Our goal is breaking the cycle of crime one life at a time," says Reverend Alan Wood. "We provide a 12 step recovery for the inmates, men and women. We have bible studies, classes on things like confronting dysfunctional thinking patterns."

Lucas Ricketts is a former inmate and found his plan after being part of the Life Change program.

Now, Ricketts is an assistant chaplain and volunteer for Good News.

"I don't know how to describe it, the gospel change me," says Ricketts.

As one of the longest members of the Life Change program, Goings says she tries to serve as a mentor and she isn't sure if she'll make it out, but she knows what she'll do if she goes.

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