Indiana Prisons Launch Faith-Based Immersion Program

July 26, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On July 26, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "Indiana prison officials plan to unveil a new program today that is based squarely on the idea that religious faith may be the key to turning a convict's life around. Three Indiana prisons -- one each for men, women and juveniles -- are joining a growing trend in corrections by creating segregated housing units for prisoners who volunteer to be immersed in religious training... Bible studies and clergy counseling -- long a staple in prisons -- are a part of the program, which would include Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other options... There will be classes and assigned readings concerning their sacred texts, spiritual self-assessments and work on developing a moral code that falls in line with their chosen faith. They will keep journals, attend small group discussions and hold personal reflection times, in addition to regular worship services... The program has been dubbed PLUS, or Purposeful Living Units Serve. It is intended to give inmates a focus that will guide them to a more successful life."