Religion can be a significant influence in a person’s life, especially during imprisonment when more time for thought and reflection is available. To assist you in this regard, the Chaplains are available to assist you in meeting your spiritual needs as well as providing pastoral counseling on an individual basis. Participation in religious programs is voluntary. There are regular organized religious services in most major faiths. The schedule of regular religious activities is posted on bulletin boards in the Chapel and in the housing units. Approved volunteers and contract clergy will assist the Chaplains.
The FCI Williamsburg Religious Services Department offers the following services:
Religious Services: A weekly Religious Services schedule is posted in each Housing Unit, as well as the Chapel, indicating when the various faith groups meet.
Religious Property: Religious Property must be approved by the Chaplains. Religious Property can be purchased by contacting the Chaplains and receiving a Special Purchase Order. A list of vendors and approved religious articles is available from the Chaplains.
Religious Diets: An inmate wishing to participate in a religious diet must fill out an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” to the Chaplain requesting to be interviewed for the Religious Diet Program.
Religious Fasts: If an inmate wishes to participate in a religious fast, he must request to do so by writing to the Chaplain at least 45 days prior to fasting.
Religious Ceremonial Meals: An inmate must request to participate in a ceremonial or commemorative meal in writing 60 days in advance. Only inmates whose religious preference reflects the specific religion celebrating the meal may attend.
Special Religious Visits: The Chaplains may approve a special religious visit from an area clergy person or religious leader. These visits will take place in the Visiting Room and all regulations regarding visiting will apply.
Pastoral Counseling: The Chaplains will be available during scheduled and non-scheduled periods of time to provide inmates with religious and spiritual guidance. Inmates desiring to speak with a Chaplain should submit an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” or stop by during open hours.
Chapel Library: The Chapel library is open most evenings and some afternoons.
(See Chapel Activities Schedule for evenings and afternoons when Chapel Library is open).Inmates may utilize the tape players, video players, and chapel literature during this time.
Special Housing Unit: Chaplains will make regular visits to the Special Housing Unit and provide inmates with specific religious materials.
Emergency Notifications: Generally, a Chaplain will notify an inmate of a serious illness or death in the family. When the Chaplain is not available a member of the Unit Team or Lieutenant’s Office, will notify the inmate. Inmate families should call the Bureau of Prisons at 843-387-9400 to notify the Chaplain of an emergency.
Life Threshold Program: This program is open to inmates from all faiths.
It is a Residential program for inmates who are within 24 to 60 months of their projected release date. All interested inmates meeting the above criteria should contact the Chaplain.