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Freedom of worship
Correction (COR) CHAPTER 43, ARTICLE 22
§ 610. Freedom of worship. 1. All persons who may have been or may
hereafter be committed to or taken charge of by any of the institutions
mentioned in this section, are hereby declared to be and entitled to the
free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without
discrimination or preference.

2. This section shall be deemed to apply to every incorporated or
unincorporated society for the reformation of its incarcerated
individuals, as well as houses of refuge, penitentiaries, protectories,
reformatories or other correctional institutions, continuing to receive
for its use, either public moneys, or a per capita sum from any
municipality for the support of incarcerated individuals.

3. The rules and regulations established for the government of the
institutions mentioned in this section shall recognize the right of the
incarcerated individuals to the free exercise of their religious belief,
and to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences,
including baptism by immersion, in accordance with the provisions of the
constitution; and shall allow religious services on Sunday and for
private ministration to the incarcerated individuals in such manner as
may best carry into effect the spirit and intent of this section and be
consistent with the proper discipline and management of the institution;
and the incarcerated individuals of such institutions shall be allowed
such religious services and spiritual advice and spiritual ministration
from some recognized clergyman of the denomination or church which said
incarcerated individuals may respectively prefer or to which they may
have belonged prior to their being confined in such institutions; but if
any of such incarcerated individuals shall be minors under the age of
sixteen years, then such services, advice and spiritual ministration
shall be allowed in accordance with the methods and rites of the
particular denomination or church which the parents or guardians of such
minors may select; such services to be held and such advice and
ministration to be given within the buildings or grounds, whenever
possible, where the incarcerated individuals are required by law to be
confined, in such manner and at such hours as will be in harmony, as
aforesaid, with the discipline and the rules and regulations of the
institution and secure to such incarcerated individuals free exercise of
their religious beliefs in accordance with the provisions of this
section. In case of a violation of any of the provisions of this section
any person feeling himself or herself aggrieved thereby may institute
proceedings in the supreme court of the district where such institution
is situated, which is hereby authorized and empowered to enforce the
provisions of this section.