“Much like our colleagues in the military and at hospitals, correctional chaplains provide pastoral care to those who are disconnected from the general community by certain circumstances – in this case to those who are imprisoned, as well as to correctional facility staff and their families when requested. Where permitted, we also minister to the families of prisoners. Each correctional chaplain is also a representative of his or her faith community and is required to be endorsed by their denominational body in order to qualify as a chaplain. Correctional chaplains are professionals, with specialized training in the unique dynamics of the corrections world. Most serve as full-time correctional facility employees or part-time contract employees.” This website provides a lot of great information about prison and jail chaplains. Points of access include: about the American Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCA); national standards regarding religious services in correctional facilities— Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), prisons, jails, and tax information for chaplains; articles; certification; news and events—general news, alerts, and the U.S. Senate Testimony on Chaplaincy and Terrorism; and membership information.
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American Correctional Chaplains Association
Accession Number: 028036