Leo Brown, Agency Chaplain & Volunteer Coordinator
2901 N. Classen Blvd. Ste. 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 962-6107
Fax: (405) 962-6102
Faith has been an important part of Corrections since the very first prisons were established in this country. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections does not endorse one religious belief over another nor does it endorse religion over non-religion. However, the department has always supported the work of religious groups in our facilities. Today the types of services religious volunteers provide are so diverse that we try to use some consistent definitions to describe their activities:
Religious Services - we use this term to describe religious meetings that are primarily worship or religious education, such as bible studies.
Faith-Based Programs - refers to programs offered by volunteers which address specific criminogenic issues such as cognitive behavior skills, family relationships or substance abuse from a faith prospective.
Religious Services at most of the facilities in Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Private Prisons which house Oklahoma inmates are numerous and diverse. The vast majority of our volunteers are Religious volunteers and most of them serve by providing opportunities for worship, religious education and spiritual growth. The only locations where religious services are more limited are those where security restrictions limit the number of inmates that can gather together at one time or where the facility has limited space to accommodate the services
These services provide important opportunities for the inmate:
- The opportunity to exercise their right to religious freedom.
- The opportunity to refocus their life through a renewed spiritual emphasis. This can provide a foundation of values and beliefs that can lead to a changed life.
- At the Community Correction level, offenders are brought to local churches or religious groups for services. This provides them an opportunity to become integrated back into the community through these faith-groups which also provide important support and accountability.
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