Inmates at the Clay County Justice Center had an opportunity to celebrate the holiday despite being incarcerated.
"We change the menu that day," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times, regarding the Thanksgiving holiday. "We have somewhat of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for those who participate."
Heaton said the menu the center provides to inmates are set by a state dietitian.
"We still have to stay within guidelines," he said.
However, inmates are allowed a few extra perks during both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Heaton said the inmates would be served a meal including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls and salad.
"It's a holiday," he said. "There is some emotion there. It's a time for family. Unfortunately, they are here with us."
The center has provided the extra perk for inmates since Heaton has been in office and he said he believed inmates were provided with the different meals long before that.
"It's a depressing time for them," Heaton said. "It gives them something to look forward to. We just try to keep them from being in a slump."
Heaton added the inmates are allowed an extra visit both on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"Normally, (inmates) get two visits per week," Heaton said.
"But on Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are allowed an extra visit. Most of the time, they're grateful. I've gotten letters from inmates, basically thank-you notes, but not always. It's one of those things where they're still human."