Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Making and Working of Multi-faith Prison Chaplaincies

  3. Religious Diversity on the Way to Recognition in Secular Prison Rehabilitation Programmes

  4. New Approaches to the Junction of Rehabilitation and Religion in the Prison Realm

  5. Olivier Roy
    Pages 187-190
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-192

About this book


This book examines how prisons meet challenges of religious diversity, in an era of increasing multiculturalism and globalization. Social scientists studying corrections have noted the important role that religious or spiritual practice can have on rehabilitation. In the past, the historical figure of the prison chaplain operated primarily in a Christian context, following primarily a Christian model. Increasingly, prison populations (inmates as well as employees) display diversity in their ethnic, cultural, religious and geographic backgrounds. As public institutions, prisons are compelled to uphold the human rights of their inmates, including religious freedom. Prisons face challenges in approaching religious plurality and secularism, and maintaining prisoners' legal rights to religious freedom.

The contributions to this work present case studies that examine how prisons throughout Europe have approached challenges of religious diversity. Featuring contributions from the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, this interdisciplinary volume includes contributions from social and political scientists, religion scholars and philosophers examining the role of religion and religious diversity in prison rehabilitation. It will be of interest to researchers in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science, Human Rights, Public Policy, and Religious Studies.


Human Rights of Prisoners Inmates Rights Prison and Rehabilitation Religion and Spirituality in Prison Religious Studies Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Irene Becci
    • 1
  • Olivier Roy
    • 2
  1. 1.ISSRC - FTSRUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced StudiEuropean University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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