WASHINGTON — A survey of about half of the nation's state prison
chaplains found a majority believes religious extremism among prisoners
is fairly common, though they say that is related more to racial or
religious intolerance than posing any threat to prison security.
The study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is
apparently the first of its kind to question prison ministers about
their work. The survey asked about the availability and type of ministry
offered, the role of religious life in prisons, and how religion may
play a part in rehabilitation and re-entry into society.
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