Roles of Religious Services Staff
Religious Services provides pastoral care to institutional staff and inmates. The Chaplains have an open door policy for personal counseling. If you need to visit with any of the Chaplains, please stop by the Chapel.
Since we realize that you may be more comfortable with someone of your specific faith, Religious Services contracts clergy from the various religious faiths. Additionally, the Religious Services staff will have community volunteers to assist you with your particular religious needs. Also, if you have an existing relationship with a member of the clergy, approval for a clergy/Minister of Record visit may be approved. If interested, send a Cop-Out to a chaplain. A Religious Services schedule will be updated periodically and posted in the Chapel, in Recreation, Education and on unit bulletin boards. Please note that all religious group meetings will take place in the Chapel and Outdoor Worship Area.
Pastoral Care Offered
Please inform your family, friends and significant others to call the Low and Camp facilities at the following telephone number: (662) 751-4800 and the Medium facility at the following telephone number: (662) 716-1020 to report any and all emergencies. You will be notified only after the information/emergency has been confirmed by the Chaplain. Please tell your family, friends and significant others to give as much detail as possible when calling with an emergency situation. Contact Religious Services staffs if you know of any emergency and you have not been notified by a Chaplain.
Assistance may be provided in making an emergency telephone call.
Religious items will be purchased through approved vendors. In rare situations, hard to find mandatory religious items, may be acquired by SPO through approved BOP vendors upon the approval of a chaplain. This includes, but is not limited to, religious medallions, medicine pouches, etc. No religious Hobby craft items are authorized to be used or worn at this facility but must be mailed home.
If your religious faith requires you to wear a particular piece of head wear you will need to see a
Chaplain. All head wear must be listed on your “Property Form.” All Religious items should be maintained in a proper manner in the units. Inmate lockers are the proper storage place for individual Religious items. Prayer rugs, religious head wear, medallions and the like should not be displayed, for decorative purposes, on beds or on the floor.
If you are in need of a religious diet, the Alternative Diet Program is available. This consists of two components. The two components are the “no flesh diet” and the “certified processed food line.” If interested, please see the Chaplain for more information.
Life Connections Program (LCP)
If you would like an opportunity for spiritual growth and deepening your religious roots, Religious Services provides the LCP program at FMC Carswell, TX; FCI Milan, MI; FCI Petersburg, VA; FCI Victorville, CA; and USP Leavenworth, KS, that will help you succeed. The LCP is designed to contribute to personal transformation and reduced recidivism. Inmates will participate in religious specific, and inter-faith and social responsibility program components. In addition, the program is designed to increase religious tolerance and respect among participating inmates; connect inmates with spiritual mentors at the program site, and link participants with a faith community at their release destination in order to enhance community reintegration. This program is open to inmates of all faiths or those still seeking a spiritual grounding. A monthly orientation program is offered in the chapel, so feel free to sign up if interested.
It is your right to practice your chosen faith. It is important to practice your faith responsibly. The Chaplains are here to facilitate the ability of the inmates to practice their chosen faith. No one may disparage the religious beliefs of an inmate, nor coerce or harass an inmate to change religious affiliation. If you decide to change your personal Religious Preference at any time, please submit a “Cop-Out” to the Chaplain. Attendance at all religious activities is voluntary. We hope that you will make use of the services offered at FCC Yazoo City.