Find Dale Chapman’s display at the Allegheny County Jail, Visitor Entrance, 950 Second Avenue.
“It’s not about the kids going on to be big-time athletes. It’s rewarding when you see the kid you coached and he went to college and became a productive citizen.”
The jail is a different culture. Understanding different people, from all kinds of backgrounds, trying to deal with the mentally challenged and the murderers. Sometimes you wonder what you’re doing here and sometimes you want to quit. We’re working with young men who committed adult crimes, trying to educate them on doing the right things and hopefully make a difference in their life. Sometimes it does. It feels disheartening whenever they get released from here and you see them involved in homicides or being even murdered themselves. That’s a big blow to us as humans. You want to see people succeed.
We have Employee Assistance Programs. You can go talk to people if it gets to you. There’s been tragedies in my own family. You put your faith in your God and go from there. I coach high school basketball. It’s not about the kids going on to be big-time athletes. It’s rewarding when you see the kid you coached and he went to college and became a productive citizen. Later on in life you see them with a wife and kids, and everybody’s happy. That’s the American way.