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The Prison Rules 1999

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Special duties of chaplains and prison ministers

14.—(1) The chaplain or a prison minister of a prison shall—

(a)interview every prisoner of his denomination individually soon after the prisoner’s reception into that prison and shortly before his release; and

(b)if no other arrangements are made, read the burial service at the funeral of any prisoner of his denomination who dies in that prison.

(2) The chaplain shall visit daily all prisoners belonging to the Church of England who are sick, under restraint or undergoing cellular confinement; and a prison minister shall do the same, as far as he reasonably can, for prisoners of his denomination.

(3) The chaplain shall visit any prisoner not of the Church of England who is sick, under restraint or undergoing cellular confinement, and is not regularly visited by a minister of his denomination, if the prisoner is willing.

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