North Carolina Department of Correction News - July 1999

New chief chaplain named for religious services

RALEIGH — A former United States Navy chaplain, James V. Prince, is the new director of Chaplaincy Services for the Division of Prisons.

A native of Georgia, Prince was the band director and principal of Ider Elementary School in northern Alabama when he was drafted into the Navy in 1970. After four years of service, Prince entered seminary, earning a Masters of Divinity in theology and pastoral care from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest in 1976. He also holds a Bachelors of Art degree in history from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Prince was associate minister of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Raleigh and of Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church before he was recalled to active duty in 1980. Prince spent the next 18 years in the Navy where he rose to the rank of Captain, spending tours of duties in places such as Okinawa, San Diego, Camp LeJeune and Washington, D.C. While at Camp LeJeune, he supervised staff and programs of 10 chapels serving 100,000 personnel. While in D.C., Prince worked for the chief of Naval Operations and the commandant of Naval District Washington which included Arlington National Cemetery and the Naval Academy.

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He was the major claimant chaplain to the elite ceremonial guard as well as to former presidents. In his position, he supervised 45 chaplains throughout the world.

Prince is a recognized expert in the field of counseling and stress management. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Cynthia, and they have two grown children, Thomas who lives in Florida and Amanda who is a senior at Meredith College.

Prince said working for the Department is an extra blessing. "What we do effects the recidivism rate," Prince said, quoting recent studies that show only 14 percent of those inmates in religious programming return to prison compared to the overall recidivism rate of 41 percent. "I am happy to be a part of that," he said.

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