Timothy O'Dell

A 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
Mailing Address: Auburn Correctional Facility, Att: ACCA Chaplains Office

135 State St., Auburn, NY 13021
Telephone: (347) 783-7684

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This Summer at the ACA Congress in St. Louis

“The Power of Positive Peers:  The Texas Experience of Offender Volunteer Service in a Comprehensive Chaplaincy Program” will be a workshop scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2017 from 2-3:30pm.  Your workshop information is below.  If there are any updates that need to be added, please let me know.  Also, please ensure that all participants become ACA members and register for the conference. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


The Power of Positive Peers:  The Texas Experience of Offender Volunteer Service in a Comprehensive Chaplaincy Program

Staff Development and Training


Texas’ Eastham Prison (“America’s Worst” in a 1986 Newsweek cover story) experienced significant positive Prison Culture Transformation over an extended period of time.  How did it happen?  This workshop will explore the factors that influence transformation, including administrative leadership support and the role of volunteers. Special attention will be given to the strategic role of offender, faith-based volunteer service in a comprehensive chaplaincy program.  

Moderator: Warden Burl Cain, Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola (Retired), Walker, Louisiana

Speakers: Vance L. Drum, D.Min., Director of Chaplaincy Operations, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Past President, American Correctional Chaplains Association




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American Jails Magazine Special Issue on Chaplaincy Available Online:

While a few years since the publication, the July/August 2012 issue of the American Jail Association's magazine, which was devoted to 'Keeping the Faith - Religious Issues in Jails' is still a bench mark for chaplains and should be considered required reading. AJA's journal described the chaplaincy as: "Meeting the religious needs of inmates from all faith groups without breaking the budget, the law or security can be a formidable challenge. This unique issue of American Jails focuses on religious programming, including best practices and the role that a professional chaplain plays in the proper management of a detention facility." Several of the articles, a dual guest editorial, guest 'Chaplain's Corner' column and tribute to Sister Margaret Graziano have been contributed by ACCA members. To download a pdf file of the entire issue, click here .

  ACCA Endorsed Pew Forum 50-State Survey on Prison Chaplaincy Released
To view the entire report, go to
  Paper on Prison Chaplaincy Published
A paper on prison chaplaincy by Tom O'Connor and Jeff Duncan entitled 'The Sociology of Humanist, Spiritual, and Religious Practices in Prison: Supporting Responsivity and Desistance from Crime' is now available via the internet. For a free full-text pdf download, go to
 Sunday TV Mass Serves Inmates Nationwide
The American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association recommends a special Sunday Mass produced for those unable to participate in a parish liturgy that is now available via TV. For more information about this program, Click Here
ACA Religious Faith Policy
The American Correctional Association renewed its 'Public Correctional Policy on Religious Faith and Practice' at the 140th Congress of Correction, August, 2010. To read that policy, Click Here.
Article on Faith-Based Prison Units
To read an excellent article by Stephen Hall about Indiana's PLUS program, Click Here
Reprinted with permission of the American Correctional Association, Alexandria, VA


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