Theology in Prisons

Religion is a touchy subject; so, what happens when religious education takes place behind prison walls? The goings-on at Nash Correctional Institution (NCI) give us some insight. Currently, at NCI, 24 inmates are studying for a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry. Most of these men will be in prison for life, and the rest have…

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By Christopher Zoukis Any inmate who wishes to practice his or her religious tradition while confined in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is generally permitted to do so, subject to several penological restrictions. Inmates’ Right to Practice Religion The right to free exercise of religion guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment applies to everyone,…

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