JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local ministers on the First Coast say they need help and are asking Governor Rick Scott to open up the Florida State Prison and death row to young people so they can see the consequences to bad decisions.
Pastor Ken Adkins wrote the letter to the governor, asking him to consider providing access so organizations working with troubled youth can show them first hand what can happen.
"With glamorization that society has placed on murder and other capital crimes, I believe it is time for us to set the record straight: Crime doesn't pay," wrote Adkins.
Kathy Robinson is a local mother whose 21-year-old son was murdered earlier this year in North Jacksonville. She works with young people to help them make good decisions. Robinson agrees that a death row visit would open eyes.
"They are already going on field trips and seeing what jail is like so may be if they see what death row is like, it will make a stronger impact on their lives. So it will turn them around and scare them straight," said Robinson.
Adkins said he does not know how Governor Scott will respond to the request, but he noted the idea just makes sense to reach young minds before they make life changing decisions.