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Ministry to the Incarcerated: Responding to the Challenge   (AM-659)
January Interession

The aim of this course is to examine the historical and theological constructs of incarceration in America. We will be examining in depth addiction which is the underlying reason for incarceration of 80-90% of inmates. We will also be exploring the “minefields” of professional boundaries both for the professional correctional chaplain and the prison ministry volunteer. The policies and procedures of the Religious Services Department of the CT DOC will also be presented.

Students will gain a familiarity with the development of the prison industrial complex, an awareness of the complexity of the personal, social and spiritual issues underlying incarceration, particularly addiction and an awareness of the need for and benefit of professional ethical boundaries.

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Monday, January 14 through Friday, January 18 from 9 AM. to 4 PM

The Rev. Dr. Laurie Etter, C.S.M., Adjunct Professor of Arts of Ministry and Chaplain, York Correctional Institute

 

Course Syllabus



Monday, January 14 - Class overview; expectations: History of Incoarceration in America; Underlying Theological Concepts; Professional Boundaries

Tuesday, January 15 - Addiction

Wednesday, January 16 - Immersion Experience at Hartford Correctional Center, including lunch

Thursday, January 17 - Continuing discussion of professional boundaries; class Reflections on the prision experience

Friday, January 18 - Sharing of class Reflection papers

Assignments:
Readings
Reflection paper of prison experience
Reflection paper on reserve books

Reading List:

The Art of the Con, Cornelius, Gary, ISBN 1-56991-147-9, ACA Publications

The Work of the Chaplain, Paget, Naomi and McCormack, Janet, ISBN 978-0-8170-1499-5, Judson Press

Prisons, Tonry, Michael and Petersilia, Joan eds., ISBN 0-266-80850-5, University of Chicago Press

Religion, the Community, and the Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders,
O’Connor, T.P. and Pallone, N., pp 59-86, 127-159;

Several articles to be provided.

Students will also be expected to participate in an immersion experience at the Hartford Correctional Center and to provide a reflection on that experience. The reflection may be written or in another form to be worked out with the student.

A 2 to 5 page reflection paper is expected at the end of the course on any of the required or suggested readings.

Required texts:
As Though You Were in Prison With Them, Symes, Richard;
Prisons, Tonry, Michael and Petersilia, Joan
The Art of the Con, Cornelius, Gary;
The Work of the Chaplain, Paget, Naomi and McCormack, Janet

Recommended texts:
Addiction, Hoffman, John and Froemke, Susan;
Beyond Prisons, Magnani, Laura and Wray, Harmon;
Religion, the Community, and the Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders,
O’Connor, T.P. and Pallone, N;
Women and Punishment, Carlen, Pat.

 

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