Survey describes faith behind bars

By Helen T. Gray

McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

Published: Wednesday, May 9 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

"But even if the chaplains interviewed had perfect information about the relative distribution of religious groups among inmates in the prisons where they work, the findings would not be weighted in proportion to the size of the overall U.S. prison population. As a result, they would not provide an accurate count of religious affiliation in the U.S. prison population."

"It is rare that a person gets up in the morning and looks forward to going to work, but I do."

Matthew Mason, a chaplain at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Mo.

NEARLY 50 PERCENT ANSWERED

State prisons were surveyed about religion by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life between Sept. 21 and Dec. 23.

Of 1,474 chaplains/religious services coordinators who were sent web and paper questionnaires, 730 returned them, a rate of nearly 50 percent.

For more about the survey and to read more segments of the study, go to pewforum.org .

(c)2012 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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