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Assessing the Long-Term Effectiveness of Seminaries in Maximum Security Prisons

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<div id=”stcpDiv”><a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/2016/08/30/byron-johnson-on-faith-radio-the-impact-of-inmate-led-prison-ministry/”><strong>The impact of inmate-led prison ministry</strong></a></div>
10-9-2012
Impact of Seminaries for Maximum Security Prisoners Will Be Studied By Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion

<a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/2012/10/1-3-million-grant-awarded-to-isr-to-study-the-impact-of-prison-seminaries/”>[ READ THE PRESS RELEASE ]</a>
<h3 style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”color: #8a0808;”>RESEARCH UPDATE:</span></h3>
<span id=”productTitle” class=”a-size-extra-large”><strong><a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/US-Prison-Seminaries.pdf”>U.S. Prison Seminaries: Structural Charity, Religious Establishment, and Neoliberal Corrections</a><a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/RRR-Four-Gods.pdf”>
Michael Hallett, Bryon Johnson, Joshua Hays,
Sung Joon Jang, and Grant Duwe; <em>The Prison Journal</em>. <span class=”publicationContentEpubDate dates”>February 6, 2019</span>Handbook of Research on Academic Misconduct “Four Gods” in Maximum Security Prison: Images of God, Religiousness, and Worldviews Among Inmates</a></strong></span>
By Sung Joon Jang, Joshua Hays, Byron R. Johnson, Michael Hallett and Grant Duwe, <em>Review of Religious Research, </em>Vol 60, No.3, 2018

<a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/religions-09-00182.pdf”><strong>Existential and Virtuous Effects of Religiosity on
Mental Health and Aggressiveness among OffendersPrison Seminary Movement in Prison Life </strong></a>
<span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>by </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>Sung Joon Jang, </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>Byron R Johnson, </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>Joshua Hays, </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>Michael Hallet, </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>and Grant Duwe;<em> Religions </em>(91): 182, (2018.)</span></span></span>

<a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/06-Hays-et-al-Formatted-FINAL-p-69-79.pdf”><strong>Inmate Ministry as Contextual Missiology:
Best Practices for America’s Emerging
Prison Seminary Movement in Prison Life </strong></a>
<span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>by Joshua Hays, </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>Michael Hallet, </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>Byron R Johnson, Sung Joon Jang </span></span></span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”> and Grant Duwe;<em> Perspectives in Religious Studies<strong>, </strong></em> 45(1): 69–79, (2018.)</span></span></span>

<strong><a href=”https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Freedom-Confinement-Religion-Prison/dp/1440850313″><em>Finding Freedom in Confinement: The Role of Religion in Prison Life,</em></a></strong><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””>Kent R. Kerley Ph.D. </span><span class=”author notFaded” data-width=””><span class=”contribution”><span class=”a-color-secondary”>(Editor); Chapter 1, pp. 3-22:  by Byron R. Johnson, Grant Duwe, Michael Hallett, Joshua Hays, Sung Joon Jang, Matthew T. Lee, Maria E. Pagano, and Stephen G. Post<em>; Praeger, </em> January 31, 2018.</span></span></span>

<a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/Images-of-God-Religious-Involvement-and-Prison-Misconduct-among-Inmates.pdf”><strong>Images of God, Religious Involvement, and Prison Misconduct Among Inmate</strong></a>s
Sung Joon Jang, Byron R Johnson, Joshua Hays, Grant Duwe &amp; Michael Hallett,
Corrections (2017)

<a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/Bible-College-Participation-and-Prison-Misconduct_JOR-2015.pdf”><strong>Bible College Participation and Prison Misconduct: A Preliminary Analysis </strong><span style=”color: #8a0808;”>
</span></a><span style=”color: #000000;”>by Grant Duwe, Michael Hallett, Joshua Hays, Sung Joon Jang &amp;  Byron R Johnson, <em>Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, </em>May 12, 2015</span>
<a href=”http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10509674.2015.1043481?af=R&amp;journalCode=wjor20″><span style=”color: #8a0808;”>
</span></a><span style=”color: #8a0808;”><strong><a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/Resurg-Rel-Pris.pdf”>The Resurgence of Religion in America’s Prisons</a>
</strong></span><span style=”color: #000000;”>by Byron R. Johnson and Michael Hallett,  <em>Religions</em> <em>5</em>(3), 663-683, August 2014</span><a href=”http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10509674.2015.1043481?af=R&amp;journalCode=wjor20″><span style=”color: #8a0808;”>
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<strong>An In-Depth Study of the Louisiana State Penitentiary and Darrington Prison</strong>

The Darrington Unit resembles most other maximum security prisons around the country, except for the fact that it now offers a four-year seminary within the prison. On August 29, 2011, thirty-nine prisoners were formally installed as the first class of seminarians studying to become ministers under a new program that operates within the maximum security prison. The Darrington Bible College is an extension of the Ft. Worth-based Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is modeled after the Angola Bible College, a seminary based at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana.  These two privately funded seminaries represent fascinating correctional experiments. The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion has received funding to test the proposition that these seminaries can transform the lives of prisoners as well as the prison culture itself.  If found to be effective, the seminary model could be replicated in other prisons.

<em>“Seminaries in maximum security prisons are designed to rehabilitate prisoners and transform the prison environment itself, we intend to test that proposition,”  </em>

states <strong><a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/about-isr/byron-r-johnson/”>Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D</a></strong>., director of Baylor’s ISR and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and principal investigator of the project.

<strong><a href=”http://www.baylorisr.org/scholars/j/sung-joon-jang/”>Sung Joon Jang, Ph.D</a>.,</strong> an associate professor of sociology at Baylor and an ISR faculty fellow is the co-principal investigator on the study.
Jang states that social science research:

“<em>is helping us understand that religious conversions can play an important role as a starting point in the process of long-term change and reform. Offenders who successfully straighten out their lives often experience a turning point or event that was pivotal in bringing them out of a criminal lifestyle. In short, research suggests offenders can and do change.”</em>

The grant is funded by Premier FOTO, LLC, a subsidiary of Premier Designs, Inc. (founded by Andy and Joan Horner) and will be used to conduct five-year studies of the four-year seminary dubbed “the Darrington Bible College” (an extension of the Fort Worth-based Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) housed at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, Texas; and a nondenominational program called Angola Bible College at Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly called Angola

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