EXCLUSIVE: Female captains dominated field

FOX10 often shows you people going into Mobile metro jail. Now, we’re going to show you a different side. We’re taking you into the jail and introducing you to two women who have succeeded in a male dominated profession. They are the only two women captains with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office: Captain Sadie Stallworth and Captain Felecia Prince.

Roaming the halls of metro jail you will find two women, who aren’t afraid of a challenge. Captain Stallworth and Captain Prince run the jail, two minority women driven by the idea of service.

“My first week at work, I was like, ‘I’ll just work here till I find something else.’ Twenty seven years later, I’m still here,” said Stallworth.

These two see people from all walks of life. Captain Stallworth didn’t think she would ever be doing this. Captain Prince had an idea. They admit the job has changed them.

“What it does, it allows you to help people that you see are in need and one thing about the job itself is it’s so fulfilling every day we can say this. Not one day we come in here that we have no helped somebody,” said Prince.

There are those who are disrespectful, those who talk back, those who don’t care what Prince and Stallworth are trying to do, but that doesn’t bother them.

“We treat everybody that walks in the door the same. It doesn’t matter if they are charged with murder or if they have a ticket. When we pass them in the hall, we don’t know what they are charged with,” said Stallworth.

The two captains have put in their years and moved up the ranks to where they are today. Both talk about how hard it was to start off in corrections.

“It sends a message that all things are possible and coming into the field of corrections it was a male dominated profession even though it was it never discouraged me or the other females because it was a challenge. I felt anything anyone did, I could do it and do it better,” said Stallworth.

Both say their work speaks for itself.

“We take pride in our jobs, it’s not a job, it’s considered ministry for us because anytime you are helping people that’s ministry for me. It’s an extension of who I am. I know who I am,” said Prince.

For these two, having a “come to Jesus” meeting is almost a daily phrase but also, keeping things in check. They face challenges everyday dealing with some who are considered this county’s most dangerous.

“We’re not afraid to confront anybody because in this profession you can’t work and be afraid,” said Stallworth. “Or show them you are afraid,” said Prince.

They stay strong, not only physically, but mentally.

“It’s not about what they come in here for but more about what they can possibly leave here with,” said Stallworth.

Both said not only are they maintaining the peace every day, but they are also busy training those coming up in the ranks. They said their goal is to leave metro better than when they got there.

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