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Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in Corrections

Correctional agencies may choose to offer rehabilitative offender programming that uses a faith-based model. Within institutions, these initiatives are offered in addition to standard opportunities for inmates to observe their own religious practices. Many prisons and jails have separate housing units with a religious focus.

Programs inside institutions often network to link individuals to the resources needed to reenter the community successfully. Outreach to inmates and offenders is frequently provided by faith-based volunteer and community organizations.

  • Examples of more recent programs, such as the Faith- and Character-Based Initiatives in Florida and Indiana, are provided.
  • Guides, best practices, toolkits, and studies on the development and effectiveness of faith-based programs are available both for institutional and community settings.