That came last Monday, when Brigano retired from his 46-year career in adult and juvenile corrections.
“I went full circle and ended my career where it began,” he said. “I’m a pretty lucky guy because I have loved both of my jobs.”
“I’m very proud of the prisons and the people who worked there,” he said. “They have a thankless job.”
“The staff is wonderful and they’re such good people,” he said. “They try to do the right things with these kids.”
Those feelings were mutual at the court.
“Tony has impacted everyone in the court in ways he will never fully know,” Kirby said. “He embodies all that is good in life and the way he treats everyone he meets is unlike anyone I have ever known.”
Kirby said Brigano “has been the patriarch of the court and, through his example, he has shown all of us the proper way we are to conduct ourselves in a civilized society, how we are to treat our fellow man, and how kindness can truly make a difference. That’s the legacy he has left for all of us.”
“I wanted to do more and decided to reach out to the prisons,” he said.
“This is my small way of contributing,” Brigano said.
In 2019, the MS walks expanded to the London and Madison correctional institutions. This year, Brigano met with inmate groups at the Chillicothe and Ross correctional institutions on the day the state stopped allowing visitations due to COVID-19. He hopes to go back to those prisons and others in 2021.
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