The Department of Corrections provides Chaplaincy Services in order to address the religious needs of inmates and to promote the public welfare.
“The Legislature finds and declares that faith-based programs offered in state and private correctional institutions and facilities have the potential to facilitate inmate institutional adjustment, help inmates assume personal responsibility, and reduce recidivism.” 944.803 FS
It is the policy of the Department to extend to all inmates the greatest amount of freedom and opportunity for pursuing individual religious beliefs and practices consistent with the security and good order of the institution. Programs of the Department and activities of the Chaplains shall be designed to assist inmates in the expansion of their knowledge and understanding of and commitment to the beliefs and principles of their respective religions. 33-503.001 (2) FAC
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