Who can become a Volunteer?
The Volunteer and Chaplaincy Services Units recruit, screen, train and monitor the activities of over 2,000 individual volunteers in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). The Volunteer Services Unit also places graduate and undergraduate students in field education assignments. The Chaplaincy Services Unit delivers religious-based programs to the inmate population, including worship services for all the major faiths, pastoral counseling, Bible study classes, an aftercare program that seeks to link discharged inmates with houses of worship in the community, and victim-offender reconciliation.
Aside from the general eligibility requirements referred to above, a student intern will require a PPS staff person who will supervise the student and meet the requirements of their College or University.
Placement is at the discretion of the Volunteer Services or Chaplaincy Services Director. In the case of volunteers who are physically challenged, arrangements will be made to accommodate the volunteer in any way possible in keeping with the safety and security responsibilities of the Philadelphia Prisons System.
Ex-offenders may be accepted as volunteers only after they have been released from Prison for six months or more, and subject to the Commissioner's approval. Inmate’s relatives may serve as volunteers provided they are not volunteering to serve in the same facility in which their family member is housed.
Orientation and Training
Loida Moreno, Director