Inmates can now get baptized at the Coconino County Detention Facility in Flagstaff.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that the Missouri-based nonprofit American Rehabilitation Ministry has donated a full-immersion, portable baptismal font valued at $1,700 to the jail. The Sheriff’s Office paid for shipping and several upgrades, including a heater.

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The Sheriff’s Office said the baptismal font will be available to inmates on a “regular and frequent basis” at their request. Inmates who request a baptism will meet with the fulltime jail chaplain, who will explain the process and its significance. Once the inmate has a full understanding of the process, he or she can be scheduled for baptism.

In the past the chaplain and other religious volunteers have received requests for baptisms from inmates, but did not have the equipment to provide them. The nonprofit Rescued Not Arrested, which provides religious volunteers and Bibles to prisons and jails nationwide, including the Coconino County Detention Facility, helped the local jail chaplain get in touch with American Rehabilitation Ministry.

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The reporter can be reached at mmcmanimon@azdailysun.com or 556-2261.

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