The brainchild of Senators Whitmire and Patrick, the Darrington Seminary project was kicked off Monday during a visit to the Darrington unit in Region III by both Senators along with TDCJ administrators. The new seminary program is sponsored by the Southwest Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and will train felons to become ministers.
It's a 125 credit hour four year program and once completed inmates will receive a degree. The program was patterned after a Louisiana based program that mirrors this one and is said to have had a positive calming effect on some of that states most violent prisons.
Both Senators addressed prospective offenders in the unit chapel regarding the new pilot program. Also on hand was TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston.
Photos Provided courtesy of Senator Dan Patrick
|Senator Whitmire (left) and Senator Patrick (center) speak to offenders.|
|From Left to right- Senator Dan Patrick, Darrington Senior Warden Brenda Chaney, TDCJ Exec. Director Brad Livingston, Senator John Whitmire|
|Darrington unit chapel service honoring the new Seminary Program|