One of the primary passions of CDCR’s chaplains is the rehabilitation of the inmates in our care. In a combined effort to promote respect and rehabilitative peaceful co-existence among the prison population, staff chaplains of the various faiths and Native American Spiritual Leaders, there will be combined “Peace and Reconciliation” ceremonies in every institution statewide Jan. 26-31.
According to Chaplain Charles Richey, Community Resources Manager for the Religious Programs Oversight Unit, “Staff chaplains realize that with many inmates, it is the inmate’s spiritual faith or religious beliefs that motivates them towards bringing about true rehabilitation in their own lives.”
With support from CDCR, the Day of Peace and Reconciliation ceremonies speakers will address the topics of “The Need for Peace,” “Peace with our Chosen Deity,” “Self Reconciliation” and “Social Reconciliation.” The intention of this event is to send a message from chaplains, the Department, inmates and community volunteers of the importance of peaceful coexistence.
The Office of Public and Employee Communications and the Division of Rehabilitative Programs Media Center will be producing a video documentary reflecting various ceremonies conducted statewide for future viewing on Inside CDCR and on the institution closed circuit inmate channels.
If you have any questions, contact your local institution chaplains or Native American Spiritual Leaders or contact Chaplain Richey, Community Resources Manager, Religious Programs Oversight Unit, DAI at Charles.Richey@cdcr.ca.gov or (916) 327-1132.