Religion in Corrections
Published by the American Correctional Association in August 2000
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This book was written as a manual for correctional officers and volunteers to assist them in dealing with inmates who practice religion while incarcerated.
Religion in Corrections: History and Current Significance
This chapter will include a brief summary of the history of religion in prison; showing the significant influence of
Also, this chapter will state the current status of religion in prison and will explain the reasons why it is important for correctional personnel to understand the religious inmate and the various religious practices in the present day correctional environment.
Legal Rights of the Religious Inmate
This chapter will discuss the legal rights of the religious inmate. It will describe the legal basis for inmates rights and inmate religious practice, examine leading court cases dealing with inmates and religious practice, and discuss the current status of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
The Reasons for the Practice of Religion in Prison
This chapter will discuss the reasons why inmates practice religion while incarcerated. These reasons are numerous and they may differ according to the
Religious Groups and Practices
In this chapter will be a description of the traditional religious groups as well as a brief summary of the "new" religious groups that have begun to develop in prisons throughout the country. Readers will be informed of how to identify religious inmates and their various artifacts.
This chapter will discuss the civilian volunteers who enter the prison to administer religious services to inmates. The chapter will provide a brief history of volunteers in corrections, explain the function of religious volunteers, outline the process of becoming a religious volunteer, and describe the benefits of having religious volunteers in the correctional setting.
This chapter will discuss the different security problems that may arise when dealing with inmates who practice religion in prison.
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