Chaplains, Rehabilitation

CDCR chaplains promote Day of Peace and Reconciliation

Back of chaplain at lectern addressing a group of prisoners who are standing
Chaplains addressed incarcerated individuals at Calipatria in 2019 for a Reflections On Peace service.

To promote respect and peaceful co-existence among the prison population, staff chaplains and Native American Spiritual Leaders, will hold a Day of Peace and Reconciliation ceremonies in every institution statewide in January. 

“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,” said Chaplain Charles Richey, Community Resources Manager for the Religious Programs Oversight Unit.

With support from CDCR, the Day of Peace and Reconciliation speakers will address topics such as:

  • The Need for Peace
  • Peace with our Chosen Deity
  • Self Reconciliation
  • 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 produce a video documentary reflecting various ceremonies conducted statewide.

The video will be available on Inside CDCR and the institution closed circuit inmate channels.

If you have any questions, contact your local institution chaplains or Native American Spiritual Leaders or contact:

  • Chaplain Charles Richey (email address found in Global)
  • Community Resources Manager
  • Religious Programs Oversight Unit, Division of Adult Institutions

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