Links and Documents for Use in Correctional Ministry
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States.The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place.
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) is a federation of all Roman Catholic dioceses and ordinariates located in the State of Texas. The primary purpose of the TCCB is to encourage and foster cooperation and communication among the dioceses and the ministries of the Catholic Church of Texas.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) manages offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities that contract with TDCJ. The agency also provides funding and certain oversight of community supervision (previously known as adult probation) and is responsible for the supervision of offenders released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision.
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) is the state agency responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of detained youth in a setting that is protective and designed to educate youth about discipline, values, and work ethics.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) is the federal agency responsible for the custody and care of inmates detained in federal prison institutions throughout the nation.
The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) works with peers, policy makers, practitioners, and community members to identify and promote smart justice policies that safely reduce Texas' costly over-reliance on incarceration -- creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.
NRCCFI at FCN is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them.
The Seedling Foundation is an Austin-based non-profit that responds to the needs of public schools in Travis County by providing resources, assistance and programming. Their activities include a school-based mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents.
The Texas Jail Project seeks to improve the conditions for approximately 65,000 people -- mothers fathers, brothers, sons, sisters, daughters -- who are incarcerated in Texas county jails.
The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a statewide, grassroots membership organization working to end the death penalty in Texas. TCADP engages in outreach, education and advocacy aimed at raising awareness of issues related to the death penalty and mobilizing the citizens of Texas, and their elected officials, to support abolition.
ACTS retreats have enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women, both Catholic and non-Catholic, in the USA and beyond. Today, volunteers host ACTS retreats in prison units throughout the state and continue to visit those in prison on a weekly basis to help facilitate learning and understanding of the Catholic faith.
Documents for Use in Correctional Ministry:
A comprehensive statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the issues of crime and corrections; justice and mercy; and responsibility and treatment.
The Rite of Distributing Holy Communion Outside Mass. USCCB: International Commission on English in the Liturgy, The Rites of the Catholic Church – Volume One, (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1990), pp. 649-653. Certain elements of the rite and the people’s responses have been modified to conform to those in the Revised Roman Missal, effective November, 2011.
RCIA application form approved by TDCJ for use in TDCJ prison and state jail units.
A schedule of TDCJ prison and state jail units listed alphabetically by diocese.