Religious Services / Volunteer Services
Agency Chaplain and Volunteer Services Administrator
Faith has been an important part of corrections since the very first prisons were established in this country. The types of services religious volunteers provide are so diverse that we try to use some consistent definitions to describe their activities:
- Religious Services - 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.
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.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is committed to a positive partnership between the agency and its volunteers. This partnership plays a vital role in achieving the agency’s mission. Volunteer involvement enhances inmate programs and services, plays an important part in reentry efforts, provides additional resources, and creates opportunities for a greater public understanding of corrections and the challenges we face.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections cannot use state funds to purchase religious materials. If you would like to make a donation to support faith-based activities within the agency or help with other needs, please contact a facility chaplain/volunteer coordinator or the Agency Chaplain and Volunteer Services Administrator.