Group calls for sacred space in Dane County Jail plans

Religious leaders and former inmates spoke Sunday afternoon as part of a panel at New Life Church in Madison about the importance of having a sacred space in prisons. 

The group believes the $76 million plan for the Dane County Jail renovation should be changed to include a sacred space.

One religious leader believes people who are in jail are more than just inmates.

"This event is first and foremost to help people acknowledge that people who are incarcerated are human beings. And human beings are made up of not just flesh and blood, but spirit and soul," said Pastor Stephen Marsh.

The group says when the City-County Jail closes for a new facility, the chapel will disappear and there is no interfaith chapel in the Public Safety Building. 

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