Prison Service Seeks Buddhist Adviser for Inmates

June 15, 2009

Author: Sue Bailey

Original Source: Google News,8280,0,0,1,0

The federal prison system is looking for help to nurture more zen in the Pen.

Corrections officials want to renew a contract worth up to $75,000 over three years to offer Buddhist spiritual advice and support in its prisons near Kingston, Ont.

They include the maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary and the Warkworth Institution, a medium-security facility that houses some 600 inmates, about a third of them sex offenders.

Duties include offering spiritual guidance to at least 40 identified Buddhist offenders in the region plus counseling, religious education and advice on Buddhist issues.

The recently published contract description notes that the Correctional Service of Canada "is mandated with the provision of religious and spiritual services to all offenders in our care.

"The Ontario region is seeking to implement these standards for the Buddhist faith in a consistent way."