ConEd I Site Details


  • Site Supervisor:
    The Rev. Susan Bishop
  • Prison Chaplain
  • Phone:706.776.4700

  • About the Supervisor:
    The Rev. Chaplain Susan Bishop has been a Correctional Clinical Chaplain with the Georgia Department of Corrections since 1984. She is a Candler graduate, has a Masters degree in music education from Georgia State, and has been supervising Candler students since 1997. Susan is an ordained Southern Baptist clergywoman.

Transitional Center/Helms Facility

Site Mission:

Metro Transitional Center-MTC: To provide pastoral care and counseling, worship, and ministry for inmates and staff at a 229-bed work release center for female offenders.

Helms: To provide pastoral care and counseling, worship, and ministry for staff and up to 40 pregnant female offenders and up to 25 critically ill male offenders.

About the Site:

This site requires a TB test, a background check, and a training session about security issues at the two facilities. Depending on the results of the background check, fingerprinting may also be required. (The fingerprint process will cost $12.90.)

In addition to the required criminal background check Candler requires of all admitted students, this site requires a criminal background check administered by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Students with any criminal conviction should not register for this site.

This site is actually two small correctional facilities on adjacent grounds. MTC is a 229-bed female work release center for women who are within 6 to 24 months of release from prison. Helms Facility is a co-ed correctional facility that houses all of the pregnant female offenders in the state of Georgia (20 to 40 on average). It also houses up to 25 male offenders who are experiencing critical and life-threatening illnesses.

The ministry at MTC will focus on assisting the women with re-entry issues as they prepare to return to society. The ministry at Helms Facility will focus on pastoral care issues of life-threatening illnesses, and death and dying. The ministry also provides support and pastoral care to pregnant offenders, most of whom will be separated from their children soon after birth. Ministry in both facilities also provides pastoral care to staff.

Clinical Pastoral Education is also a part of this ministry setting.

Demographics of female inmates in Georgia:
53% Caucasian
46.5% African American
5% Hispanic and/or Asian
80% or more have addiction and substance abuse issues.
80% or more have physical, mental, sexual abuse issues.
90% are mothers and/or grandmothers.
The age range is between 13–80.
The average age is between 25–35.

Everyone will serve their hours on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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