N.Y. Correction Law Section 610
Freedom of worship


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.


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.


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.

Source: Section 610 — Freedom of worship, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/COR/610 (updated Aug. 13, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Certain correctional officers to administer oaths
Jail time records and certificates
Delivery of commitment with incarcerated individual
Return of persons erroneously sentenced for the purpose of resentence
Coram nobis prisoners
Felony prisoners
Post-release supervision
Expenses of sheriff for transporting prisoners
Rendering accounts for conveying of prisoners
Payment of accounts for transporting prisoners
Prisoners sentenced at one session of court to be transported at same time
Transportation of female incarcerated individuals
Payment of costs for prosecution of incarcerated individuals
Prohibition of double-bunked housing
Freedom of worship
Births to incarcerated individuals of correctional institutions and care of children of incarcerated individuals of correctional institut...
Commitments to county or regional correctional institutions
United States prisoners
Conveyance of prisoner after arrest
Care and support of civil prisoner
Duties of state correctional institutions, penitentiaries, county jails and reformatories
Cooperation with authorized agencies of the department of social services
Service of papers in civil judicial proceedings upon a prisoner
Interstate cooperation with law enforcement officers and agencies of other states and the federal government
Sex offender treatment program
Incarcerated individual telephone services
Next of kin
Menstrual products
Medication assisted treatment in correctional facilities

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Aug. 13, 2021

§ 610’s source at nysenate​.gov

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