The DOC recognizes the importance of cultural activities in the lives of those committed to our care. We offer opportunities for inmates to participate in both spiritual ceremonies and cultural activities on a daily and weekly basis.
Seven major faith groups are represented at our facilities and are listed in alphabetical order.
Asatru - Belief in the ancient Norse (Norway) gods - gods of the Vikings
Buddhism - Belief that one can attain enlightenment through Buddhaâ€™s Study
Christianity - Belief in Jesus Christ as Savior
Islam - Belief in oneâ€™s submission to the Will of Allah
Judaism - Belief in one God, Torah and Israel
Native American Spirituality - Belief in Wanka Tanka - The Great Mystery
Wicca - Belief in the ancient Celtic (Ireland) gods - gods of the Druids
(Wicca is sometimes confused with Satanism. Wicca is not associated with Satanism in any way. They are two distinct religious groups)
If you would like more information about any of the above faiths, please go to http://www.religioustolerance.org/.
More than 100 religious and cultural activities are scheduled each week in our facilities. Inmates have the opportunity to attend activities daily if they are in compliance with institutional rules.
For more information, visit the DOC Policies page and click on 1.5.F.4 Inmate Religious and Cultural Activities policy.
A sample of the Cultural Activity Schedule by facility is available. Please note that these lists are subject to change depending on the various holidays, etc, during a particular week.
Schedules are in Adobe Acrobat. Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The SD DOC encourages leaders of the various faiths to come to the facilities to lead services and guide the inmates on their own spiritual paths.