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Inmate ReligiousBeliefs andPractices
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Practical Guidelinesfor Administration ofInmate ReligiousBeliefs and Practices
Religious Beliefs and Practices TRMT5360.013/27/2002Introduction, Page i
This Technical Reference Manual (TRM) on Practical Guidelines forAdministration of Inmate Beliefs and Practices has been writtento assist chaplains and administrative personnel to appropriatelyfacilitate the religious beliefs and practices of inmates withina correctional environment.With the complexity of religious issues faced by Bureau chaplainstoday and the large number of religions represented in the inmatepopulation, this Technical Reference Manual will assist chaplainsin implementing the mission of the Chaplaincy Services Branch inthe institutions they serve. The mission is as follows:The mission of the Chaplaincy Services Branch is toaccommodate the free exercise of religion by providingpastoral care to all Federal inmates and facilitate theopportunity to pursue individual religious beliefs andpractices in accordance with the law, Federal regulationsand Bureau of Prisons policy. The staff chaplain willprovide religious worship, education, counseling, spiritualdirection, support and crisis intervention to accommodatethe diverse religious needs of inmates. When appropriate,pastoral care and subject matter expertise may be extendedto staff.The purposes of this Technical Reference Manual are:1.To accommodate the provision of religious worship servicesand programs for the faith groups represented in the inmatepopulation of the Bureau of Prisons.2.To provide guidance to institution chaplains andadministrators in making informed decisions concerningreligious issues which surface regularly so that the needsof both the correctional environment and the “free exercise”clause of the First Amendment are met.3.To encourage consistency of practice Bureau-wide given themission and level of security of the institutions.4.To provide enough information about each religion for thereaders to receive a general understanding of its basictenets.The Technical Reference Manual must be read in conjunction withthe latest version of
P.S. 5360
, “Religious Beliefs andPractices,” other applicable Program Statements, OperationsMemoranda and specific directives which may be issued as needed.The suggested recommendations to issues raised in each chapter
Religious Beliefs and Practices TRMT5360.013/27/2002Introduction, Page iifollow a “best practices” guide which takes the correctionalenvironment and the “free exercise” clause of the First Amendmentinto account.
Final program decisions rest with the Warden.
The Technical Reference Manual follows the same outline for eachchapter. The information is divided into two sections, Tab A andTab B. The practical issues of each religion are placed in thefront of the chapter and are placed behind Tab A. Tab B includesthe history, theology and recommended resources. If necessary,glossary and appendices are attached to the chapters. The formatfor each chapter is as follows:
Tab (A)
1.Religious Practicesa.Required Daily Observancesb.Required Weekly Observancesc.Required Occasional Observancesd.Religious Holy Days2.Religious Itemsa.Personal Religious Itemsb.Congregate Religious Items3.Requirements for Membershipa.Requirementsb.Total Membership4.Medical Prohibitions5.Dietary Standards6.Burial Rituals7.Sacred Writings8.Organizational Structurea.Location of Headquartersb.Contact Office/Person
Tab (B)
9.History and Theologya.Basic Historyb.Theology10.Resourcesa.Periodicalsb.Bibliographyc.Resources/Supplies11.Glossary (if warranted)12.Appendices (if warranted)

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