Walsh offers South Bay inmates lesson in history, hope

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh stood inside the South Bay House of Correction on Wednesday. His audience: two dozen inmates wearing brown prison jumpsuits. His message: Two things, he said, got him to City Hall — admitting he was powerless over alcohol, and the Serenity Prayer.

But as the inmates in the prison’s addiction recovery class stared blankly at the mayor, the tenor of his voice changed ever so slightly, offering a bit of tough love before returning to encouragement.

“I know some people are thinking in your heads right now: ‘He’s full of [expletive],’ and that’s OK. But I’m leaving when I get out of here,” said Walsh, sober since 1995. “I’m going back to City Hall to make Boston the best city in the world.”

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