Turner, Ronald G.
"The program addresses religion in corrections, referred to as one of today’s hottest legal topics in corrections. Our guest was Ronald G. Turner, who has served as lead consultant on the topic for the National Institute of Corrections and a variety of organizations. During the show, he addresses the conflict between myth and reality in religious programming, shedding light on the concern of chaplains and religious directors about how to meet the safety and security needs of a facility while ensuring inmates’ First Amendment rights. Balanced with discussion about the law, trends in religious programming, and the budgetary effects of religious accommodation, the show provides a brief glimpse into the complexities of religion in corrections with a broad-based view."
Across the United States, chaplains and religious directors are overwhelmed with ensuring equitable consideration for all religious requests. They face the conflict of "myth versus reality" regarding the role of the chaplain/religious director in corrections, the priority of religious practice balanced with security concerns, inconsistencies in accommodation, bias in space considerations, increased need for special diets, and the effects of agency and facility budgets.
This two-day live broadcast May. 28, 2014 - May. 29, 2014 (3-hours each day) addresses the conflict of “myth versus reality” regarding the role of the chaplain/religious director in corrections, the priority of religious practice balanced with security concerns, inconsistencies in accommodation, bias in space considerations, increased need for special diets, and the effects of agency and facility budgets.
Using a variety of methods, including on-air discussions and individual and group activities, the interactive broadcast will help participants: review the historical, Constitutional and legal foundations of offenders’ religious rights; determine strategies for responding to requests for religious accommodations, balanced with safety and security considerations; examine practical approaches for applying RLUIPA to satisfying offenders' religious requests; and explore the changing role and responsibilities of religious staff, volunteers, and other facility staff in a post-RLUIPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) world.