Every other month I visit the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minnesota, to serve as a community speaker. The jail houses 250-300 inmates at any given time. Some inmates are awaiting trial; others are serving a sentence. All of the inmates are men. The jail no longer has facilities for women, and female offenders are sent to neighboring Ramsey County. Many of the men are here because of drugs, probation violations, and DWIs. There are a few, however, who have been accused of shocking crimes. Some of these cases make the news.