It seems, despite some minor damage control comments directed at the Jewish community, that the federal government is getting rid of non Christian chaplains in federal prisons. Volunteer chaplains can still do prison visits but chaplains paid for and approved by the federal government will now be Christian.
Now, a Christian minister can give comfort to persons of other faiths. Indeed, a Muslim inmate who I worked with became deeply involved in a Church group in prison (and converted at least one other inmate to Islam in the process). Prisoners will still be able to pray.
But here's the real problem. Leaving aside the apparent unfairness and minor cost saving, who is going to minister for free to inmates?
Not the mainstream ministers.
It will be the fiery radicals who will look for converts among those locked away. It happens in the US and the UK. And these preachers preach radical religion; religions of peace and love are not for them.
Radicalized religious prisons are not a good thing. But that's what this new cost saving (if that is the real reason for the policy) will tend to.