character-based institutions are designed to provide a wide
range of activities for eligible inmates who have indicated an
interest in personal growth and character development. A faith-
and character-based institution provides a public forum for
community volunteers to offer programs in all areas of personal
growth and character development. Volunteers from both secular
and religious organizations are equally welcome to participate,
subject only to content neutral time, place and manner
restrictions based on institutional, administrative and security
needs. An inmate’s religious faith, or lack thereof, is not
considered in determining eligibility for a faith- and
character-based institution. A faith- and character-based
institution will emphasize the importance of personal
responsibility, work, education, substance-abuse treatment and
peer support. The goals of a faith- and character-based
institution include without limitation, rehabilitation,
reintegration of inmates into the community, reduction of
recidivism, increasing system-wide institutional security,
offering a fuller range of religious accommodations, and
enhancing restorative justice programming.
The warden or assistant warden will impose only content-neutral time, place and manner restrictions on volunteer activities. These restrictions may include without limitation generally applicable correctional guidelines consistent with the general order, security and institutional operation. Religious activities will be scheduled in accordance with “Chaplaincy Services,” Procedure 503.002. Academic and vocational programs will be provided pursuant to “Academic Education Programs,” Procedure 501.106; “Workforce Development Education for Inmates,” Procedure 502.001; and in accordance with the Department of Education Curriculum Framework. Inmates will be required to perform work and other assignments as they would in every correctional institution. Inmates will be required to maintain continuous participation in at least one self-betterment activity while assigned to a faith- and character-based institution, provided such activity is available. Institutional classification staff will keep track of the inmate’s participation. Volunteers may assist with the maintenance of records.
Faith- and character-based institutions
will involve volunteers to support the program schedule with
a wide variety of secular and religious activities.
Volunteers and mentors at faith- and character-based institutions are subject to the requirements
of “Volunteers and Interns,” Procedure 503.004.