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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Executive Summary

Primary Conclusions

  1. For inmates in the study that were released in FY 2001-02, the recommitment rate for the inmates who attended 10 or more sign-in chapel programs per month was 26% less than the recommitment rate for those inmates who did not attend any chapel programs. The data is as of December 31, 2004.

  2. The recommitment rate showed an inverse relationship to the number of times per month that the inmate attended a chapel program. The more the inmates attended a chapel program the smaller the recommitment rate.

  3. The percentage of inmates released who participated in religious programming was at least 13.5% higher than inmates who had no participation in religious programming. (see table on p.7)

  4. There is an inverse relationship between the disciplinary report rate for those inmates that remained incarcerated between 07/07/01 and 12/31/04 and the number of times per month (in the original study period only) that the inmate attended a sign-in chapel program. The more the inmates attended a chapel program the smaller the inmate disciplinary report rate.

  5. Fifty-four percent of inmate respondents to survey questions attributed better behavior (as measured in Disciplinary Reports received) to Chaplaincy Programs. The inmates surveyed were all measured in some capacity in the original study and still remain in custody in a FDC facility. Twenty-six percent of these same inmates duplicated in the “Additional Comments” area of the survey that in their opinion it was the Chaplain, a chapel program or a religious volunteer that was the catalyst for improved behavior. These unsolicited responses provide an indication of the sincerity of the inmate responses.