Reverend loses ministry privileges at jail after "Moral Monday" arrest

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The rain wasn't enough to turn back the faithful from their weekly trek to the state capitol for Moral Monday, and among those returning to Raleigh this week is Reverend Jane Holmes.

Like so many others rounded up at the legislative building, she's been booked for trespassing at Wake County Jail.

However, her arrest has hit home in Charlotte, and now means that she can no longer minister to inmates at the Mecklenburg County Jail.

"I received a phone call from the assistant director of chaplains advising me that I had to return my badges as a volunteer chaplain," Holmes told WBTV. "Plus I had to return my badge as clergy for visiting an Episcopalian in the jail there and that I would not be allowed back in as clergy."

Support for Reverend Holmes has come from local NAACP President Kojo Namtambu who has also gone to jail during the protests aimed at state lawmakers.

He said, "She sacrificed doing something right, and was arrested for doing something right and they want to take her privilege from helping those who may or may not done something wrong. I think that's a contradiction. It's hypocritical."

Even though her access privileges to female inmates at the Mecklenburg County Jail are revoked, Reverend Holmes says she will continue this fight against many of the policies she says the state legislature has carried out against the poor in our state.

She also feels the wrong decision was made by local jail administrators.

"What I am doing in Raleigh has absolutely nothing to do with the county jail system," Holmes said.

A spokesperson from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office told us Jane Holmes was relieved of her duties back on June 5, and that they stand behind their decision.

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