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Old 10-04-2015, 03:06 PM
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The answer to this question is both complex and simple. The short, simple answer: because there is a growing need. According to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, Pagan/earth-based, Native American, and other non-Abrahamic religions are growing in our prisons nationally at a combined rate of 71%.

The more complex answer is that studies have shown, time and time again, that spiritual growth of any sort is helpful in reducing recidivism rates. What that means to the general public is that these inmates, when released (and yes, many will be released...sooner then most realize), when they are released, they will be less likely to re-offend if they have built strong coping skills and developed positive life strategies prior to release. Helping to foster and develop a stronger spiritual foundation, especially one based on self-growth and accountability, can only aid in this endeavor.

There has never been a pagan ministry allowed in the WV DOC until now...we are the first. Lakin is now our "home prison" lol, as it is closest to me and the only female prison in the state. We are now setting up dates to be at Huttonsville and Moundsville, as well as having been invited to Southern Ohio Correctional center. For the pagan inmates who are incarcerated..this will be the first time they will be allowed to openly practice their paths, as they will now have outside pagan clergy allowed in.

Please contact me directly if you are interested in learning more about this, or you have loved ones incarcerated who would be interested.

Thank you all,

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We are now at Lakin twice a month and arranging dates for Huttonsville and Moundsville. On Oct 31st, we will be having an Ancestor Ritual at Lakin... the first pagan ritual ever held in a West Virginia state prison.
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