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Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister-in-law visits with inmates at Chatham Co. Detention Center

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister-in-law, Naomi King, visited with inmates at the Chatham County Detention Center Friday as a part of her "Increase the Peace" tour. (Credit: Josie Gregory)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister-in-law, Naomi King, visited with inmates at the Chatham County Detention Center Friday as a part of her "Increase the Peace" tour.

Sheriff John Wilcher and jail officials brought King to speak to the conflict resolution class in the "New Beginnings" program.

"New Beginnings" aims to reform offenders to reduce the recidivism rate.

"Our Sheriff has been leading the charge to get people back on their feet," Representative Carl Gilliard said.

King plays an active role in her husband's non-profit, The A.D. King Foundation. The organization promotes the same non-violence approach the civil rights movement used in the 1960s.

She spoke to the room of men and women about leaving what decisions they have made in the past behind them, adding that those do not matter anymore.

"There's a reason for every thing that happens in our lives, whether it's good or bad," she said.

She continued to say the choices these inmates make moving forward will be a testament to their character.

Gilliard said, in order to work on the county's recidivism rate, he is committed to doing whatever, and bringing in whoever, to make sure once the inmates leave, they do not come back.

King also visited with several local schools while in Savannah Friday.