SHERMAN, TX -- Spending Christmas in jail is probably not the most ideal way to spend a holiday, but some are trying to make the day a little brighter for the inmates. Officials say at the Grayson County Jail, inmates receive dessert twice a year- at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cafeteria crews work for more than a week, taking days to prepare turkey with all the fixin's. All of the food is homemade, including peanut butter pies, cheesecake, and chocolate pie.
As you walk into the kitchen, ‘Trusty’ inmates form a circle and are holding hands to bless their meal. ‘Trustys’ are low-risk inmate with additional responsibilities like cooking and cleaning. The atmosphere is bright as inmates serve each other the tradition holiday meal.
"The guys that are here, the females that are here, we know that they're having a hard time dealing with being away from their families and they all appreciate having a traditional meal even thought they're not at home," says Cpl. Anita Hudson, director of food service at the Grayson Co. Jail.
For Hudson, this Christmas meal is part of her personal Christmas tradition. For the past 11 years, she personally picks the ingredients and plans the menu.
All of the food is homemade from scratch. Racks of desserts brighten the room, including peanut butter pies, cheesecake, and chocolate pie.
Outside, family members wait to visit their loved ones in visitation. It’s a solemn atmosphere. But inside, even in bleak circumstance, these workers hope to give spread a little holiday cheer.
"I've already seen some sadness in some faces today that have come from visitation, but hopefully what little we can do here today, will reflect in their lives the rest of the year."