You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice › Denney, Andrew › Chaplains Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Denney, A. S. (2017). Chaplains. Encyclopedia of Corrections. Download PDF Chaplains Details Type Encyclopedia Entries Title Chaplains Contributor(s) Denney, Andrew S. (author)Kerley, Kent R. (editor) Located In Encyclopedia of corrections Date 2017 Abstract Chaplains serve as one of the oldest continuous roles inside American corrections. Originally meant to function as a religious and moral figurehead inside penitentiaries and other correctional institutions, the role of chaplain has gone through substantial changes over the past approximate 200 years. Though chaplains now largely function in an administrative capacity, chaplains still serve a crucial role to inmates and correctional institutions alike to meet Constitutional and legislative requirements of various religious freedoms guaranteed to inmates.