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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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Office of Chaplaincy Services

Tyrone A. Boyd
(850) 488-3570
SunCom 278-3570

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The Office of Chaplaincy Services is responsible for meeting the religious needs of inmates, including weekly worship services and religious studies. Chaplains in the Department of Corrections are actively involved in counseling, crisis notifications, inmate orientation, and visitation, as well as responding to the concerns of inmate family members. Chaplains coordinate the services of a large cadre of religious volunteers working in the institutions. Overall, chaplains are advocates for a healthy environment in which positive change can occur.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

  • Completed an in-depth report to fulfill the Legislature's mandate to measure the effectiveness of faith-based programs, in both public and private correctional institutions and facilities, and recommendations of modifications or improvements to existing programs were included;
  • Completed "A Report of Faith-Based Programs in Correctional Facilities," which showed that at 15 institutions sampled, inmates who participated in faith-based programs had a much lower disciplinary report rate than inmates who did not participate, and;
  • Developed a policy to process inmate requests to practice a religion not represented by a volunteer faith group or a religion not presently verified.
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