It's been seven years since Jim McGreevey resigned as New Jersey's governor after he came out in the wake of a scandal involving him and a male staffer. But according to the Associated Press, he's doing more than fine, using his energies to help inmates turn their lives around.
McGreevey is the spiritual counselor at New Jersey's Hudson County Correctional Center, where he helps women and some men educate themselves and find a path to keep them out of the prison system. McGreevey got involved in the counseling after he enrolled in an Episcopal seminary in 2007 -- he now reads to the inmates from an Anglican prayer book and speaks to them about practical matters like setting up visits from their families.
McGreevey's counseling is part of a new program that began only seven months ago.
"We've always been working with inmates in prisons, but not so much in jails. This is pretty unique, and Jim pretty much is the creator of the idea," David Kerr, the president of Integrity House, a substance abuse treatment provider that runs the jail program, told the AP. "Jim started the spiritual groups with the ladies. They were so thrilled and so positive we started to look at how to help these women who are so motivated once they leave here."
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