Any comments on this story from the Deep South?


Judge tells offenders to go to jail or church

By QMI Agency


Go to jail or go to church for a year.


That's the unique option being offered to non-violent offenders in a southern Alabama town.

According to The News Tribune, the city judge in Bay Minette will let misdemeanour offenders choose to work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or go to church every Sunday for a year.

If offenders select church, the paper says, they'll be allowed to pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and police.

If the one-year church attendance program is completed, the offender's case will be dismissed.

Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland told the Tribune that the program could change the lives of people heading down the wrong path.

So far, 56 churches are participating.




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Tags: choice, crime, jail

Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on September 25, 2011 at 9:28am

Sentencing like this has taken place for many years down here - although it did fall off in the 1970s-80s. Of course with the "dark ages" of conservatism and religious zealotry sweeping the nation, particularly the South, this doesn't surprise me.


Now, if they allowed you to go to a UU church, I probably wouldn't mind it (personally); however I doubt a) there's a UU church in that area, and b) if there is I doubt they are allowed to participate.


Yet another example of the separation of Church and State being trampled.

Comment by Ed on September 25, 2011 at 10:36am


I pick my church and then go to the service. Sit in the back with comic book in hand, no not the bible, and read about Captain America or The Hulk. Attendance does not require participation. I wonder what the pastor would say when you comment your an atheist? 

Comment by Evonda Valentine on September 25, 2011 at 11:38am

Don't most people miraculously find Jesus in jail anyway?

Comment by Boatman on September 25, 2011 at 12:11pm

And if people always seem to find Jesus in jail, kinda makes you wonder what He was doing to land up in jail?

Just askin'.

Comment by Eoganacht on September 26, 2011 at 1:21am

Would Pastafarism could as a religion in regards to this? Or is this just regarding christianity?

Comment by Ed on September 26, 2011 at 10:43pm



Cons play the jesus card in jail/prison for all the right reasons. Not!

There's a reason we call um cons. 


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