Interfaith Social Program Seeks to Help Inmates

June 12, 2003

Source: Ledger

On June 12, 2003 the Ledger reported that Men of Character, a faith-based program at Polk Correctional Institution in Polk City, is "a faith-based program... that gathers an assortment of religious believers into one dormitory. Like other faith-based prison dorms, it is an effort to promote better behavior and to keep offenders from returning to jail once they're released... Faith-based social programs, including prison ministries, have become popular with federal and state government leaders in recent years. They contend that such partnerships are able to instill values and transform lives in ways secular programs cannot... There are no restrictions on inmates' faith. Even those who specify 'no preference' can be admitted. Men of Character includes Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses and others."

See also: Interfaith, Prisons