TN: Minister serving death row inmates recounts their final moments

The Tennessean ran a feature recently on Deacon Frank Bainbridge, who has provided prison ministry for 35 years. He will receive the inaugural Award for Compassionate Leadership presented by Dismas House of Nashville. Dismas is a transitional residential program that has helped more than 1,000 former offenders successfully re-enter society after leaving jail or prison.

Bainbridge is a man who has assisted many prisoners who may never have the chance to leave. Some of those prisoners spent their final moments on death row with him.

“What I saw, and what I found, was a lot of broken spirits and a lot of broken people,” the now-retired minister says of his years sitting in maximum security cells. “People who had committed terrible things — and had terrible things happen to them.”

FOR THE STORY: Minister on death row recalls moments before men died.


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