Prison Running out of Room - for Worship

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A prison in North Carolina is running out of room. Not for inmates ... but for worship.

Chapel at the Pender County Correctional Facility is so popular that many inmates are turned away every week.

Now, the Community Resource Council of the Pender Correctional Institution is planning to build a new chapel -- but first they have to raise the money.

The inmates hope it opens soon.

"It's what I live for. It's what I look forward to," inmate Larry Knight said.

Inmate James Allen Hill said, "all comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. He's my rehabilitation."

Chaplain James Spiritosanto hopes the finances come in for the new chapel.

"They come to these religious services, and they're able to experience something that's very positive. They need that," he said.

Right now, the only space available for larger groups is the visitation area or the gym, which are not adequate to meet the needs of the inmates.

Already, an architect has already designed the new chapel -- for free.

And the North Carolina Baptist Men's Builders Association has volunteered to cover labor costs.

But they still need about $300,000 for building supplies.

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