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Correctional Chaplains Honored for their Quiet Strength

October 25, 2011 - National correctional chaplains’ advocacy groups set aside the last full week in October to honor men and women who are often viewed by inmates, employees, and prison leaders alike as unsung photo1heroes.

This year, the Maryland Correctional Training Center used the week to honor its three chaplains---a Muslim, Roman Catholic, and Protestant--- by cutting the ribbon on a new space that will greatly enhance the crowded chapel area of the large Hagerstown prison.

DPSCS currently has 25 full-time and five part-time chaplains representing inmates of all faiths---and helping staff as well. The chaplains are correctional academy-trained and considered critical in keeping the peace, helping inmates to change, and dealing with personal crisis situations.

DPSCS’ largest self-reported inmate religious groups are Protestant, Muslim, Catholic, Native American, Jewish, and Buddhist. Chaplains also represent other smaller groups as well.

“Chaplains go above and beyond the call of duty,” says DPSCS Religious Services Director Stephanie Coates. “From managing high-level programming that incorporates encouraging positive behavior, cognitive change efforts, to helping volunteers serve critical re-entry roles, and fine-tuning religious dietary regimens, the chaplains are invaluable.”

DPSCS salutes all of its chaplains for their dedication.