I wanted to take the time to write about Corporal J. Munoz at the Benton County jail.
This man took a group of us through a tour of the jail as we were all in training to become volunteer jail chaplains. The manner in which he spoke of the inmates — respectful for their identity, understanding that some people make mistakes, some people fall on hard times, and a good deal have mental health needs that have not been met yet — is to be acknowledged.
In a place where being verbally abused by an inmate (or more) on one shift is common, dealing with outside public who are agitated about visiting an inmate, and the overall sadness the inmates have from being in a locked facility, can take its toll on any staff working at the jail for a number of years.
Corporal Munoz showed a genuine care about the inmates and made a point to share how important his staff is to him. Blessings to him and his staff for maintaining their professionalism and heart in a job where many of us would fall prey to bitterness and burnout. Thank you for your service to the Benton County jail!