There’s apparently a whole lot of religion going on behind bars.
A survey of prison chaplains released Thursday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life suggests that religious conversion is common among inmates in America’s state prisons.
According to the survey, 73 percent of state prison chaplains say that efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates are either very common (31 percent) or somewhat common (43 percent). About three-quarters of the chaplains say that a lot (26 percent) or some (51 percent) religious switching occurs among inmates in the prisons where they work.
Religious extremism doesn’t appear to be a widespread problem behind bars. A majority (58 percent) of chaplains say it is either not too common (42 percent) or not common at all (16 percent).
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